THE CITY MAGAZINE of SAINT AUGUSTINE FEBRUARY MARCH 2018
WE AMPLIFY WHAT ST. AUGUSTINE HAS TO SAY
LEADING THE WAY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS AND INNOVATORS SHAPING OUR COMMUNITY Hint: He's m e h t f o e n o PLUS: WOMEN IN BUSINESS AT HOME WITH THE MAYOR FOOD TO SAVOR
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HELLO Our 'Emerging Leaders' covery story was shot on location at The Parlor Room –an old mechanic shop turned event space behind DOS Coffee & Wine on San Marco Avenue. It's everything trendy and relevant today's bride and hostess wants in a venue space and it's super low maintenance. HUGE thanks to Natalie Canty for hosting our Emerging Leaders photoshoot.
Settling into your career is like traveling with a GPS. There’s route A that gets you from here to there in the shortest, most direct route, and then they are routes B, C, and D that offer a variety of options that still get you from here to there, but the scenes may be more interesting while the time to get there may double. Hence, the scenic route. For me, I took the scenic route to this magazine and while it sounds so free-spirited, independent and outside-of-the-box, it was actually filled with complicated re-routes at nearly every turn.
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never envisioned myself as the owner of a publishing company. Truth is, I never had a specific career goal in mind even as I enrolled at Flagler College. I knew I was a hard worker and something would eventually click. My high school best friend, Suzie Reddoch, knew from 9th grade (maybe even earlier) that she was going to be a math teacher. Sure enough, to this day she teaches math at the same high school we graduated from. Andrew has the same story – he set out to be an Air Traffic Controller and sure enough, he did.
But despite all that, here we are today. My optimistic creativity and I divert Andrew from his “most direct route” preferences to this very moment. What a wild ride. What Andrew and I do have in common is a sincere interest in small business. We are genuinely curious about people’s stories, what makes them successful, where have they failed, what makes their businesses tick. Which is why we love this issue. It’s a semicelebration of our own work, but also a chance to read the stories of triumph and trials for so many other locals like us. Business owners, executives, entrepreneurs – from our Women in Business special advertising section to our Emerging Leaders cover story – every angle is covered in these 112 pages.
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ne of the first subjects we settled on for this issue was 101-year-old Sardie Jones. One of our contributors, Lynette, was a close friend of hers and pitched me her story early on, saying that Sardie's unique perspective on the city and society at large was nigh on unparalleled. I figured that not only would Sardie’s story stand alone as a fascinating article, but juxtaposing it with the Emerging Leaders feature – celebrating the next generation – would reveal something more profound in both stories. As we moved forward in planning the issue, I found myself using Sardie and her legacy as a touchstone for choosing the rest of the article subjects. She had faced so much adversity, discrimination, oppression, and hardship in her life and yet moved forward not only with success but with an overwhelming and humbling posture of love.
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Yet even with such a high bar to reach, the stories we were able to share and the people we met rose to the occasion. The world is a different place than it was 101 years ago, certainly. Today’s generations face different difficulties and their paths to success are strewn with new obstacles. We have made progress. But that progress has presented new challenges. In this issue, we get to meet Madison Toonder, who at only sixteen is making great strides in sea turtle research. We tour the home of Mayor Nancy Shaver, who despite personal tragedy was determined to make a difference in the city she called home. We sit down with Colette Domingue, who stands beside victims every day with the Sheriff’s Department. They have all overcome and accomplished much in this new world, even as Sardie did in her world.
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The challenges are different. The obstacles have changed. But as Sardie Jones always said, “We’re like a bunch of crabs, trying to climb up by pulling others down and climbing over them. Don’t be a crab. Be a soldier. Climb the ladder, help others, and when you get to the top, stay at the top.”
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We are privileged to be able to feature an issue’s worth of soldiers, building the community and the city together as they rise to the top as leaders of the next generation.
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Breaking the Mold and the Glass Ceiling Special Advertising Section
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
From fashion shows to concerts to festivals – and everything in between – get ready for a packed season.
Get organized, in charge, and stylish at the same time! These office essentials will make you more productive than ever.
LONG STORY SHORT
Dotting the city are magical little boxes full of donated books. Meet the people behind the Little Free Libraries.
Style in the new year is coming in bold! Get ready for bright shades and crazy hues in all areas of your lifestyle.
Hyperlocal is the name of the game! Danielle Brooks of Honey Truck Co. is making honey with a distinct St. Augustine taste.
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HOW I GOT HERE
At 101, there isn't much that Sardie Jones hasn't seen. She shares on changing times and creating a culture of love.
Chef Joshua Smith of Catch 27 may be Midwestern by birth, but he's certainly learned how to master seafood.
Waffles and milkshakes go together like bread and butter. Lucky for us, the downtown haunt Cousteau's serves both.
THERE'S MORE TO THIS MAGAZINE THAN WHAT'S IN YOUR HAND
STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM CHILDREN ADOPT CAMEL IN MEMORY OF MOTHER
Through the Lightner Museum's "Adopt an Artifact" program, the children of Sue Howden (longtime museum volunteer) dedicated the Camel and Rider statue to her memory.
RECENT PRESS RELEASES >> JIBADE-KHALIL HUFFMAN
Flagler College's Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will be displaying the photography and "paintings" of Jibade-Khalil Huffman until February 22. Through diverse mediums, JibadeKhalil uses language, text, and image as a way to tell stories and convey meaning.
ST. AUGUSTINE SEAFOOD COMPANY GRAND OPENING
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St. George Street's newest eatery is ready to serve up the staples of the city – chowder, fish, and even some delicious craft cocktails. Photo by Monarch Studio
More Online Now >> DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Don't leave your furry friend behind! We've assembled a list of the restaurants in St. Augustine that would love to have your dog as a guest.
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UPCOMING SPRING FESTIVALS
Spring is the time of year to get your festival fix! The Ancient City has festivals to please everyone.
ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK
March is the month of high style with guest speakers, parties, and the call of the runway during St. Augustine Fashion Week.
Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards and performed in February by A Classic Theatre, Intimate Apparel is an exquisite, emotional story of longing, love, and betrayal – a timeless story of woman’s strength and courage.
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY KICKS OFF AT THE WHITNEY LAB The local lab takes a step forward in accommodating both education and further research by starting construction to house more student and visiting scientists. Remarks were made by members of the Whitney Research Village Trustee Committee as well as University of Florida Provost Joseph Glover. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
The winter concert season continues through March with The Mozart Orchestra of New York in February and The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in March.
Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed, acute care hospital that is consistently ranked among the top 5% of all Hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit
World Class Maternity Services, Right here, Close to home. At Flagler Hospital we understand that the birth of every baby is a life-changing experience, and we are honored to share this special time with you and your family. Our comprehensive education classes include preparation for childbirth, infant CPR, grandparent and sibling courses as well as breastfeeding education and support groups. We have also formed a partnership with a local prenatal yoga instructor to support your health during pregnancy. We are proud of our highly experienced care team and the community physicians, midwives, and anesthesiologists who serve the families in our area. Amenities offered to our expectant families include: Childbirth preparation classes Luxurious private postpartum suites with wireless Internet connection and flat screen television Knowledgeable and caring breastfeeding support, complete with classes and a monthly support group High-tech infant security system Individual car seat instruction with Project Buckle Up representative
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It’s an unusually brisk day in St. Augustine. Mayor Nancy Shaver is seated on the enclosed porch off of her living room. An electric fireplace projects dancing flames behind a custom-made iron screen. Her eyes catch a memory in the firelight and she smiles. “Sean and I designed that screen together,” she says. “He didn’t get to see the finished piece, but his influence is in it.”
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Living ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK St. Augustine Record Building March 7-10 The beauty and architecture of our fair city is nearly unmatched throughout the country. So with such a historic aesthetic right at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that the St. Augustine fashion world is ablaze. For the fourth season, St. Augustine Fashion Week is back in the Ancient City, showing off the talents of local designers and exploring international trends. The event kicks off on February 2 when the STAFW board and a few guests speakers sit down at Bokeh Bar Gallery to discuss the economic and social impacts of the fashion industry and Fashion Week globally. As our fashion week approaches, guests can get together on March 2 for a Sip-Shop-Sample event at the Outlets where they can join select retailers and designers for an afternoon of finding that perfect Fashion Week outfit. But the real fun starts on Wednesday, March 7 at the VIP Preview Party and the official opening of the week. It’s a chance to drink cocktails and mingle with the designers, models, and everyone else who makes the event possible. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are the time to sit under the spotlights, watch the runway, and give your best Miranda Priestly impression as the models show off the season’s collections that we’ve all been waiting for. Tickets to each event are available for purchase online.
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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING FEBRUARY AND MARCH SCHOOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park February 3, 9am-5pm
The School of the 16th Century is an event designed to tell both the public and the aspiring re-enactor everything they want to know about the 16th century. For the visiting public it is an opportunity to learn how to fire a crossbow, a musket, or even a cannon. It also presents the opportunity to learn about clothing, cooking, and other skills in use in the 16th century. www.hfm.club/mom/school/
6TH ANNUAL CHARACTER COUNTS 6K/3K RUN/WALK Palencia Elementary School February 3, 9am
Show that the sixth pillars of character count in St. Johns County by strapping on your running shoes and joining the race (or if it’s more your style, you can strap on your walking
VENARDOS CIRCUS St. Augustine Amphitheatre January 24-February 10 "Cross and Sword" at the Venardos Circus brings the theme of Paul Green's historical drama, Florida's official state play, back to St. Augustine with a modern-day performance styling. The show, which takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will delight audiences with a dramatic interpretation set to music and various circus acts reminiscent of the historical play. General admission is $25.
MOZART ORCHESTRA NY
Lewis Auditorium February 3
As part of the Emma Concert Series and under the guidance of its famous Music Director, Gerard Schwarz, the Mozart Orchestra NY will perform Mozart’s great last three symphonies, No’s 39, 40 & 41. Mozart composed this great trilogy in a remarkably short time between June 26 and August 10, 1788. After he completed these, no more followed in the three and a half years that remained of his short life. Tickets are $40.
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shoes and join the walk!). Both the 6K and 3K runners may receive awards in the following categories – Overall Male and Female finishers, Male and Female Masters winners, and top 3 runners in the designated age categories. Dayof registration is $35 and $30 for the 6K and the 3K respectively. www.racesmith.com/races/charactercounts
KIWANIS CLUB CHARACTER BREAKFAST Solomon Calhoun Community Center February 10, 9-11:30am
The Early Learning Coalition and the Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine are teaming up to bring your little ones’ favorites characters to life for a good cause. The family-oriented event will feature a delicious breakfast while characters move from table to table for pictures, high fives, autographs, and merriment. Proceeds will benefit the Early Learning Coalition as well as the work of the Kiwanis Club. www.kiwanisofstaugustine.com
PAGLIACCI WITH THE STRANGER’S TALE Lewis Auditorium February 10, 7:30pm and 11, 2pm
First Coast Opera presents opera’s classic tale of tragic clowns with the regional premiere of a story of hope. Saturday’s show begins at 7:30pm and Sunday’s show begins at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online. www.firstcoastopera.com
JOHN MORELAND WITH GUEST RUSTON KELLY St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 11, 7pm
With one of those impossible to locate and implausible to mimic accents from flyover country, John Moreland stands unassuming and unintimidating on stage. Until he opens his mouth. Then you’ll be on your feet like you were in church and the preacher had called for a particularly enthusiastic amen. His music is a powerful blend of Americana, folk, and alternative country. Entrance to the event is free.
CHRIS YOUNG WITH GUESTS KANE BROWN AND LANCO St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 16, 7:30pm
Heralded by the Houston Chronicle as “one of the more commanding voices of country music,” Chris Young has made a serious name for himself in the genre both domestically and internationally. Recently invited to become the newest member of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, Chris Young has earned multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, CMT, Grammy and RDMA nominations and scored three consecutive chart-topping singles. Tickets start at $32.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY WITH LOS LONELY BOYS St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 18, 7:30pm
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. He will be joined by the bluesy, “Texican” rock sound of Los Lonely Boys. Tickets start at $39.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com
THE EXPENDABLES WITH GUESTS THROUGH THE ROOTS AND PACIFIC DUB St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 23, 7pm
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of their self-titled album, California surf rock band The Expendables will perform the album in its entirety live from the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre! Joining The Expendables will be special guests Through the Roots and Pacific Dub. Day-of general admission is $20. www.staugamphitheatre.com
ALL AMERICAN AIR TABLE TENNIS CLASSIC The River House February 10
A local favorite! This fundraising tournament hosted by All American Air Charitable Foundation supports over 80 different charities in St. Augustine. One hundred percent of ticket sales, sponsor donations and community support are donated to local causes. The Classic Tournament on Saturday is $150 per person for participant and $100 per person for spectators.
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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JUNIOR Limelight Theatre February 13-March 25
Based on the Tony Award-winning musical and Academy Award-winning film, a small town girl searches for a new life under the bright lights of 1920s New York City. The show is put on by the KidzfACTory at Limelight Theatre and is for grades 4-8. The class takes place every Tuesday and Thursday with performances at 5pm on March 23 and 24 and at 11am on March 24 and 25.
PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL Catch a show at the concert hall just a short scenic drive up A1A.
MARDI GRAS 5K Anastasia State Park February 24, 7am
JAKE SHIMABUKURO February 6, 7pm
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE WITH GUEST KRISTY LEE February 10, 7pm
BOTTLE ROCKETS WITH CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS February 16, 8pm
The St. Augustine YMCA is getting ready to run! Proceeds from the Mardi Gras Run will help support children’s swim programs, summer camps, and after-school programs. This event is open to both competitive runners and walkers alike. There will be prizes awarded in all 5K categories. There will be a live DJ from Beach 105.5 at the event, as well as a raffle for prizes. www.firstcoastymca.org/locations/st-augustine-ymca
CHOCOLATE AND BEYOND First Coast Technical College February 24, 2-4pm
February 20, 8pm
AN EVENING WITH JORMA KAUKONEN February 27, 8pm
DIXIE DREGS March 1, 8pm
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS WEBERN & SCHUBERT March 4, 3pm
BIANCA DEL RIO March 10, 8pm
NAHKO "MY NAME IS BEAR TOUR" WITH GUESTS THE LATE ONES AND XIUHTEZCATL March 16, 8pm
MIKE + THE MECHANICS March 21, 8pm
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III WITH GUEST LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE March 30, 8pm
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Hosted by The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St Johns County, the 25th Annual Chocolate and Beyond family afternoon showcases locally-made chocolate through demonstrations and samples provided by some of the area’s favorite restaurants and shops. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. www.rsvpstjohns.com
THE BLACKWATER SOL REVUE St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 24, 3:30pm
Featuring JJ Grey & Mofro, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars, The Marcus King Band, and more, the Blackwater Sol Revue is a whirlwind coming together of some seriously great Southern rock. Though they span a few different subgenres, the performers all blend beautifully what we all love best about down-home, raw rock and roll. www.staugamphitheatre.com
ANCIENT CITY CAT CLUB SHOW Solomon Calhoun Community Center February 24-25, 10am-4:30pm
Over 125 pedigreed and household pets will be judged in each of six rings every day. Spectators are welcome to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats. Photography of the cats in the rings is encouraged, and photography of the cats in the benching area is at the discretion of each respective owner. In addition to vendors selling cat-related items, there will be a fundraising raffle and lunch and breakfast options each day. Wags and Whiskers will also be on site with cats and kittens for adoption. www.facebook.com/ancientcitycatclub
SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS St. Augustine Amphitheatre February 22, 7pm
Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1983. Their sound is a harmonious mixture of psychedelic, folk-a-billy sound with ‘60’s West Coast folk. Yeah, try to wrap your head around that. Rick Miller, Dave Hartman, and Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and countryfried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweatdrenched paroxysms of joy. The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hellraising rock and roll party.” They’re the coolest of the cool when it comes to Southern Gothic. Day-of standing room admission is $27. www.staugamphitheatre.com
MADE IN ST. AUGUSTINE
Francis Field February 11, 11am-6pm
Showcasing the talents of local artists of all kinds, the festival is a celebration of all things made in St. Augustine. In the dining section you can find samplings of restaurants and chefs as well as local culinary products and seafood. Head to the vendors to find the best of handmade jewelry, goods, designers, and artisans.
Market at the Pier
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St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org
First Friday Art Walk
Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Old City Farmers Market SEARLE’S SACK AND ENCAMPMENT
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park March 2-3
St. Augustine Lighthouse March 3, 4:30pm
Witness the thrilling reenactment of the legendary pirate Robert Searle’s attack on St. Augustine and how the town defended itself. The commemorative procession will begin at the Cathedral Basilica on Friday at 4:30pm. The encampment—featuring demonstrations with weapons, clothing, and equipment— will take place at the Fountain of Youth on Saturday from 10am-4pm. www.hfm.club
FLEET FOXES St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 2, 7pm
Formed in Seattle, Washington in 2006, Fleet Foxes has made a name for themselves in the indie folk genre and been recognized both in the US and internationally. They’ve been certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia, so that speaks for itself. Tickets to the concert are $48. www.staugamphitheatre.com
The run is a flat 3.1 miles through historic Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores neighborhood. Visitors will run/walk through the beautiful Lighthouse Park that is located just across the street from the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The annual Night Fest celebration will follow the race. Admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse will be free from 4 to 8:30pm, and visitors are invited to tour the historic lighthouse and grounds, enjoy live music, and participate in other free family activities. Concessions will be available for purchase. No RSVP or tickets needed to participate in Night Fest. www.lighthouse5krun.com
WORLD OF NATIONS CELEBRATION Downtown Jacksonville March 3-4
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St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com
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St. Johns Golf and Country Club Tuesdays at 10:30am 205 St. Johns Golf Club Drive Palencia Amenity Center Wednesdays at 10:15am 625 Palencia Club Drive Well Women 360 Friday at 10:30am 240 San Marco Avenue Introduce the little ones to learning through the magic of music! firstname.lastname@example.org
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33RD ANNUAL CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL Mission Nombre de Dios February 23-25
With exciting midway rides like a Ferris wheel and slides as well as games and fireworks, the Cathedral Festival is a kids’ paradise. But never fear, adults—there’s plenty for you too. Raffles, bingo, auctions, live entertainment, food, and art vendors will be on site all three days of the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 11-17.
www.thecathedralfestival.com 34th annual World of Nations celebration kicks off in downtown Jacksonville. Tickets to the event are $5 for adults and free for children under 3.
JUSTIN MOORE WITH GUEST DYLAN SCOTT
On his newest album Kinda Don't Care, Justin Moore, outdoorsman and family man, reaffirms his commitment to recording honest, entertaining country songs. Sure, they may be unapologetic at times, but that's Moore – an artist who refuses to ever project anything he's not. His sincerity, authenticity, and heart shine through whenever he’s on stage. Tickets start at $34.
MENORCAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION The Llambias House Garden March 3, 11am-2pm
The Menorcan Cultural Society hosts the Menorcan Heritage Celebration in the gardens of the Llambias House. This year commemorates the 250th anniversary of the Menorcans arriving in Florida and will feature different types of pilau, baked goods and displays. Admission is free. www.menorcansociety.net
St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 3, 7pm
St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch Every Thursday, 11am, 11:30am Let your littles explore the library and be captivated by creative storytelling. Toddler storytime is held in the large meeting room at Main Library. Join Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia for singing, dancing and great stories. Toddler storytime is aimed at children ages 1-3, but all are welcome to come and join in the fun. www.sjcpls.org 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Open Gym Time
Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15am Bring your boys and girls for play time and exercise in a safe environment at Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia. Obstacles, slides and toys galore! $5 per child. (904) 806-3128 7440 US Highway 1 North Suite 104
Toddler Jump Time
Rebounderz of Jacksonville Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am A special time where Rebounderz opens for only the littles (children ages 5 and under). Not available during summer break. $8 per child. www.rebounderzjacksonville.com 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville
FASHION WEEK SCHEDULE March
CORPSE! A COMEDY / THRILLER Limelight Theatre
St. Augustine Fashion Week is more than just the runway. Get the most of the show by checking out all of the events on offer.
SIP- SHOP-SAMPLE Saturday March 3, 3-6pm
An uproar of both comedy and thrills, Corpse! is set in London in 1936, and tells the story of twin brothers, one of whom plots to murder the other in the most unusual circumstances. The show is performed ThursdaysSundays throughout the month of March. The Thursday-Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm and the Sunday shows begin at 2pm. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online.
St. Augustine Premium Outlets
Fashion Week kicks off at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets with a free-withregistration event “Sips-Styles-Samples” Join the select retailers and designers at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets for an afternoon of shopping with friends, find that perfect Fashion Week outfit, and enjoy samples and sips along the way. 2700 Fl 16 St. Augustine Fl 32092
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FLORIDA AZALEA FESTIVAL Downtown Palatka March 3-4
One of the longest running festivals in Florida, the Azalea Festival is ideal for fun-loving families. It will feature five blocks of games, activities, food, entertainment, and vendors. The two-day celebration plays hosts to a parade, antique car show, beauty pageant, and (of course) azaleas in bloom. www.flazaleafest.com
PROGRESS Lewis Auditorium March 7-11
Performed by the Flagler College Theatre Arts Department, the play is set in the London home of Will, a handsome, well-educated televisiondocumentary researcher, and his attractive, social activist wife, Ronee, who runs a community center in South London. Filled with bitterly funny repartee, and sudden bouts of anger and violence, it is the uneasy relationship
between these characters which demonstrates how little these middle-class activists are able to bring order to their own lives, much less to the larger society in which they are foundering. www.flagler.edu
SOUTHERN UPRISING: A SOUTHERN ROCK REVIVAL St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 9, 5:30pm
Southern Rock greats Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Outlaws head to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre stage to bring back the power of Southern Rock. Get ready to pull on your cowboy boots and your leather jacket and celebrate everything the genre has done. Tickets start at $44. www.staugamphitheatre.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Wednesday March 7, 6:30pm St. Augustine Record Building
Join us for the official opening of St. Augustine Fashion Week! Enjoy cocktails, music and meet/greet designers, models and everyone else who makes St. Augustine Fashion Week possible! Join the excitement and dress fashionably. Venue to be shared by invite only. One News Place
RUNWAY SHOWS March 8-10, 6:30pm
St. Augustine Record Building
All the designers get the chance to showcase their work under the spotlights. Take a seat by the runway and do your best Miranda Priestly impression as you check out what the upcoming season has to offer. Shows will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30pm. One News Place www.stafashionweek.com
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Francis Field March 10, 10am
The only St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida follows the bayfront to the Bridge of Lions, takes a right down Cathedral Place, and returns to its origin via Cordova Street. The parade is a spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, local community groups, and more.
BRAD PAISLEY WITH GUEST CHASE BRYANT St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 10, 7:30pm
If you’re a country music fan, there is exactly no chance you don’t know who Brad Paisley is. In case you haven’t, he is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Tickets start at $35. www.staugamphitheatre.com
TRUTV’S IMPRACTICAL JOKERS “SANTIAGO SENT US TOUR” WITH THE TENDERLOINS St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 11, 7:30pm
The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its 6th season, the show follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks. Tickets start at $59.50. www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
EMMA CONCERT SERIES: NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA Lewis Auditorium March 13, 7:30pm
Since its inception on 1960, the Nat’l Symphony of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru, and Argentina. Tickets are $40. www.emmaconcerts.com
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CELTIC MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL Francis Field March 9-11
One of St. Augustine’s favorite events, the Celtic Festival is back with two days packed with music (from traditional ballads to Celtic rock), Highland Games competitions of skill and strength, Celtic Clans sharing their families’ heritage, Celtic food and drink, Celtic merchandise for sale, and entertainment for children. The festival kicks off Friday night with an adults-only whiskey tasting.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 16, 8pm
Rock icons Foreigner return for a very special orchestral performance featuring The Dave Eggar Orchestra. With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 10 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Tickets start at $44. www.staugamphitheatre.com
VILANO BRIDGE 5K AND 10K Vilano Beach Community Center March 17, 8am
The Vilano Bridge 5K and 10k run/walk route takes runners through the Vilano Beach community, across the Vilano Bridge with views of the Intracoastal and beaches, and includes routes through Porpoise Point. The race finishes at the Community Park where there will be a post-race celebration. Day-of registration is $45 and $35 for the 10K and 5K respectively. www.vilanobeachfl.com/run
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The Devil Wears Prada. Grab your eyeliner and your converse because all your emo kid dreams have just come true. Tickets start at $29. www.staugamphitheatre.com
MEDEA Lewis Auditorium March 21-25
Presented by the Flagler College Theatre Arts Department, Medea is centered on a wife's calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband. Medea is a classic tale of passion and rage, revenge and exile, greatness and pride that has continued to speak to audiences since Euripides first penned the play in 431 B.C. www.flagler.edu
OLD TOWN ART SHOW Francis Field March 24-25
37TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Francis Field
The annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival features tons of delicious seafood, outstanding entertainment, and lots of arts & crafts. Taste the local ocean delicacies from some of your favorite restaurants while you do a little shopping and listen to some music. Families will enjoy the kiddie rides, magic shows, pirate fun, superheroes & princesses, the Clown Adventure, and an interactive drum show.
1964: THE TRIBUTE St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 17, 8pm
Experience a Beatles' Concert the way it was performed over 50 year ago! Presented by Strut Productions, “1964: The Tribute" focuses on the quintessential moment in history, when The Beatles actually played before a live audience. The Beatles toured the world in the early 1960's, but now only a precious few remain who actually saw them live and who actually felt the "mania" that brought them to world acclaim. www.staugamphitheatre.com
137TH ANNUAL ST. AMBROSE SPRING FAIR St. Ambrose Church, Elkton March 18, 12-4pm
This unforgettable fair has stayed a must-
The Old Town Art Show brings with it over 100 outstanding, local artists and craftsmen from St. Augustine and around the country. Visitors to the art show can view everything from unique jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture, and glassware, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography and spectacular paintings and wood carvings. The artwork is selected carefully by the jury committee and the best work in each category is displayed.
attend event for the whole family for nearly a century and a half. It will feature live music by local entertainers, great food – including Minorcan clam chowder and pilau – and special fun and games for the kids. Get out and bask in the March sunshine as you wander the festival grounds. Admission and parking are free. www.saintambrose-church.org
A DAY TO REMEMBER "15 YEARS IN THE MAKING" TOUR St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 20, 5:30pm
A Day To Remember have announced plans for a US tour commemorating their 15 years of being a band, since their 2003 inception in Ocala, FL. The indie/alternative band will be joined by Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, and
PUPS AND SUPS SURFING CONTEST Future Guy Harvey Outpost Resort March 24, 8am-12pm
Join in for a morning of surfing and fun as our 4-legged friends enjoy a friendly surf competition on St. Augustine Beach to benefit K9s for Warriors. All friendly dogs and their owners are welcome to compete or join in cheering for the best and brightest! No experience necessary. Bring your own board or borrow one courtesy of Surf Station. Pawticipants will be able to compete in either the small, medium or large divisions for prizes. www.k9sforwarriors.org
LOVE YOUR MOTHER ECO FASHION SHOW Marsh Landing Country Club March 31, 5:30pm
Celebrate mother earth and look fabulous while you do it! The Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show is back in 2018, so join local designers and models as they show off their stylish creations made completely from recycled materials. The VIP Reception is $250 per person and begins at 5:30pm. General seating is $55 and the show begins at 7pm. This year's event benefits the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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HERE ARE THE FACTS!
On her adventure at the Alligator Farm, Lauren picked up some cool facts from the experts about the reptiles behind their walls.
CELEBRATING 125 YEARS A zoo for alligators and crocodiles sounds scary, but this local gem, which turns 125 this year, supports the future of these rare and wonderful creatures, among others. Director John Brueggen shows us around.
What separates an alligator from a crocodile? Crocodiles have “salt glands” that allow them to separate the salt from the water. Both species, however, are born near fresh water. Crocodile smile, you say? Alligators have an overbite and their upper jaw covers the teeth in their lower jaw when their mouth is shut. Crocodiles’ teeth mesh together, giving them a more toothy grin on top and bottom.
By Lauren Eastman | Photography by Brian Miller
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n May 20, 1893, St. Augustine’s first Alligator Farm was opened by Felix Fire and George Reddington. Housed near a tram stop that brought tourists to the beach, it showcased several hundred local alligators. As the farm was next to a tourist trap — the Burning Springs Museum — which spit kerosene flames across open water, the original location burned down (we’re not kidding), and was later rebuilt on the other side of A1A. 125 years later, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park welcomes 200,000 visitors yearly. The notable zoological park is among an elite association of accredited zoos and aquariums that specialize in keeping endangered animals alive and well. It is also the only zoo in the world to showcase all 24 species of crocodilians, along with a variety of other animals. Walking among rainbow-colored toucans, massive turtles, energetic
lemurs, and Komodo Dragons makes one realize there is much more to experience here than just afternoon tourism. When it comes to gators and crocs, this is the place to see and hear them in an incomparable way. The zoo’s swamp holds more than 200 local gators and 900 native egrets, herons, wood storks, and roseate spoonbills. With only 100 Chinese alligators left in the wild, the zoo and its partners seek the best genetic line for the next century through specialized breeding techniques. Analyzing data from shared computer software tied to each animal’s history, they find mates virtually — kind of like a Tinder for alligators — and organize the logistics to bring them together. The program is so successful that the Chinese alligators resulting from this breeding program were released back into the wild after reaching maturity in 2007.
animal’s health is a task in itself. A partnership with the University of Florida’s vet program provides a regular cadence of care. Annual exams are given to each animal to not only keep them healthy but enable veterinary students to get hands-on experience with exotic animals. Timed with the 125th Anniversary, the Oasis of the Nile exhibit opens this March, showcasing four crocodiles who recently immigrated from South Africa. They traveled in the belly of a passenger plane and had to be flown to Atlanta during Hurricane Irma (unbeknownst to fellow passengers). The zoo’s popular zip line will deliver guests to the exhibit, on raised public walkways above. A lower walkway will lead to a viewing platform that brings guests “toes to nose” with these spectacular creatures – behind a wall of glass, of course. www.alligatorfarm.com
When breeding an endangered species, keeping track of each
Take a bite out of this... Alligators are born (and die) with 82 teeth, which are replaced as needed throughout their life. Alligators Can Jump! The Cuban Crocodile can launch itself perpendicularly from the water from 4-5 feet (as high as ¾ of their full length). Catching some ZZZ’s... Alligators hibernate – sort of. They go dormant in a “torpor” during winter months. During daily naps, they sleep with their mouths open – reminding other animals of their dangerous teeth and jaws that have 3,000 pounds of force when needed. Call Me Each alligator has a distinct call, like a bird, that immediately tells other gators its size, sex, and even its species.
SHELBY SAYS SOW
SPRING HAS SPRUNG By Shelby Stec
Spring gardening season is quickly approaching! Our warm season veggies include basil, beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, okra, melons, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and tomatillos. Most warm weather veggies should be planted between March 15 and April 15 (with the exception of hot peppers, eggplant, and okra which can be planted until mid-summer). The warmer the weather gets, the worse the pest pressure becomes, making a head start crucial for success. If you plan on starting your own seeds, basil, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes should be planted roughly 6 weeks before you plan to put them in the garden. These veggies must be planted as transplants. If you decide not to grow them yourself, be sure to purchase healthy seedlings after the last frost. Faster growing veggies like cucumber, melon, and squash should be started 3 weeks before you’d like to plant them outside. As all spring veggies are sensitive to cold weather, be sure to start the seeds in your home in a sunny location.
The Lincolnville Community Garden is the perfect backdrop for a box filled with books waiting to be read! LONG STORY SHORT
FREE LITTLE LIBRARIES
Little libraries are a tangible asset created by philanthropists in our community that benefit literally (and in this case, literate-ly) everyone.
By Meeka Anne | Photography by Brian Miller
ll over St. Augustine you may have noticed little structures that look like a cross between an adorable birdhouse and a mailbox. These boxes —called Free Little Libraries — entertain, educate, and enthrall the entire community. Two separate organizations successfully partnered to stock St. Augustine with a plethora of unique libraries. One of the most endearing aspects of the program is how the ‘libraries’ themselves reflect the creative sparks of the makers and the location they inhabit. Each unit holds about 25-30 books and contains reads for all ages. In 2014, the Junior Service League chose to build five little libraries as their provisional project. In recognition of National Library Week, they joined with the SJC Library to complete the mission. “We wanted to bring the wonderful world of books to the community,” says Bethany Kirk, a partner in the project. “The ‘little libraries’ were taking off all over the country at the time, and we felt it would be an excellent project for us. The library agreed to maintain the libraries and keep them well stocked via the bookmobile.” The project worked well for the Junior Service League project as they divided up into five groups. Manning Building Supply made the structures, and each group individualized them according to locations. Bethany says, “I helped create the one www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
for the St. Augustine Beach Pier. We themed it to look like a beach house complete with seashells and netting. We chose beach-themed colors as well. It is so fun to see them when I'm at the beach and to see children and adults choosing books from them to read while enjoying their day at the beach. We were so honored to pair with our county library system who were amazing to work with." More recently, the Sunrise Rotary and the Learn to Read Program of St. Johns County teamed up with a goal to build ten little libraries around the county. Carolyn Mudgette sparked the idea and spearheaded the program by pitching the idea to the Rotary Club and securing a $1,000 grant. To build the units, she contacted Mike Rosenberg, the Construction Technologies teacher at Pedro Menendez High School. So far eight unique, brightly-painted ‘libraries’ have been erected and found sponsors. “If someone doesn’t have transportation to a library,” says Carolyn, “the funds to buy books, or for some reason cannot get a library card, they can still have access to books. Even though we may never know who we inspire to a lifetime love of learning and reading, if one person ‘gets it’ then it has been worth it.” Visit our website now for a full list of where to find Free Little Libraries in St. Augustine!
GIRL SCOUTS OF GATEWAY Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been pushing young women to learn new skills, make friends, and work hard. So we caught up with Brigitte Jones, Troop Support Specialist for St. Johns County, to see what the local Girl Scout troops are all about. Photography by Brian Miller
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Tell us about your history with the Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout when I was young and had an amazing experience. I always wanted to share that experience with my daughters. Both of my girls have been in Girls Scouts since starting elementary school. I have enjoyed volunteering and spending time learning new and exciting things with both of my daughters. Let’s face it, I wasn’t an outdoor girl, but now I am camp certified, can start and put out a camp fire properly, know how to tie various knots, cook in a Dutch oven, and am looking forward to be trained in archery, canoe, and kayak. Last year, an opportunity became available for me to join the staff of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council and continue to share my passion and love for being a girl as a troop support specialist for St. Johns and Flagler counties and parts of Duval County. What kind of activities do the Girl Scouts in St. Johns County get to do? Girl Scouts in St. Johns County can do all kinds of things! Right now, girls are really focusing on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which not only helps them finance amazing adventures and new experiences but also helps them develop five essential skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics) and supports them in making the world a better place. Girl Scouts also explore science, get outdoors to camp and hike, and participate in all kinds of
community service projects. Girls participate in the annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade, World Thinking Day, the annual Discover San Augustin and Ximenez-Fatio House reenactments, Journey Camp, camporee, mother-daughter events and daddy-daughter events, as well as community service projects like serving the homeless and adopting families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus a variety of other community and council events. They really get to lead their own adventures and do the things that interest them the most! What are the easiest ways for a girl to get connected with and join her local club? Any girl in kindergarten all the way through high school can join Girl Scouts at any time! The easiest way to join is for a parent or guardian to visit www.joingsgc.com and sign up their girl. You can find troops near you and join the one with the most convenient location and meeting schedule. Girls can also tag along with their current Girl Scout friends to events and activities to see what Girl Scouts do!
What can a new Girl Scout expect from the weekly meetings? Every troop operates a little differently, so meetings aren’t always the same across the board. As they get started, girls can expect to learn some of the important Girl Scout traditions that are infused in everything we do, and many troops use their meetings to www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
earn badges, work on service projects, plan new adventures, and get involved in their community.
Brigitte is the posterchild for success through Girl Scouts. Not only was she a part of a troop when she was a girl, her daughters have been in Girl Scouts for years and she attends meetings and event with them.
How do you think Girl Scouts benefits girls both while they're in the program and in the long term? Girl Scouts sets girls up for a lifetime of leadership! Being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. They develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, form and maintain healthy relationships and learn to identify and solve problems in their community. As girls develop their leadership skills, they can take action at home, in their classroom and in their community, then as women they can apply those skills to their continued education and professional life. Find out more about the local Girl Scouts by visiting www.girlscouts-gateway.org!
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SAY GOODBYE TO ORDINARY DATES You can always opt for the traditional "dinner and a movie" date night, but sometimes there's a need to mix things up. Don't worry, that's not hard to do. These locals can help make date night exciting and anything but ordinary.
Go Madd 4 Massage
The Singing Chef
Castaway Canopy Adventure
Painting with a Twist
After a long day at work or busy with the kids, everyone needs a little pampering. And sure, you could go to a lot of places around town to get a massage. But the ultimate relaxation comes from not having to go anywhere. Diana will come to you (whether you're in your home, your office, or a hotel) and provide a spa experience with that extra level of comfort. Date night can be taken to the next level with a couples massage right in your own home.
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Our city has some pretty unrivaled views whether you're gazing at the ocean or watching the skyline. But walking on the beach or strolling the streets is yesterday's news. Treat your date to a low-key, but nevertheless beautiful adventure by taking a horizontal catamaran out at sunset. Jeremy and Captain Tom will be your guides as you take a tour and watch the Lighthouse, Fort, and more pass by you from the water. Romantic, serene, and off the beaten path.
Yeah, you read that right. Not only will you be able to treat your date to an innovative and delicious meal, you'll get some entertainment at the same time. Chef Francesco is mutiltalented and will not only cook up a gourmet meal, but will sing his heart out. If your date is difficult to impress or you just feel like you need an extra special night, look no further. Be prepared though. A singing personal chef is a pretty hard act to follow.
Not all evenings out have to be relaxation and quiet. There's nothing better for a date than a little adrenaline-pumping adventure. Soar above the St. Augustine Aquarium's marine life on a zip line obstacle course and encourage a little healthy competition. A day spent soaring on a zipline and working through obstacles high in the sky is a heartpumping excursion and will give you something to talk about for a long time.
One of the most memorable dates is learning a new skill together and having a little fun with it. Painting is creative and low-pressure and you only have to commit to one class. You just choose the day with the painting you and your date want to work on and attend just the once. And since instructors like Cindy walk you through every simple step, this date isn't only for the burgeoning Picassos among us. Plus, the class is BYOB.
Every year, Women of Visionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event Power of the Purse sells out weeks in advance. And it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hard to see why. Power of the Purse is an inspiring coming together of powerful women who want to use their skills and influence to positively affect others. This year Meghan Klein Toups and Lena Franklin will serve as keynote speakers as they talk about their approaches to holistic healing and psychotherapeutic mindfulness. The event takes place on May 17, so get your tickets now! www.flagler.edu/giving/ways-to-support-flagler/women-of-vision www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
FINDING WELLNESS IN 2018 ANASTASIA ISLAND
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Anastasia Fitness is St Augustine's place for fitness. Join with a membership and have the opportunity to exercise however you want. We have the gym basics of cardio, strength machines and free weights. We have other choices like a heated swimming pool, racquetball court, 50 group exercise classes a week, steam room and sauna. We have what is most scarce in the fitness world, competent coaches that can offer guidance to help you get the results you deserve. Our coaches lead personal training, small group training and team training, with options to fit your budget and style. You can do it yourself, do it with others in a class or do it guided by a coach.
Purity Day Spa is located on A1A S on St Augustine Beach. We offer a peaceful, pampering and top-notch service in an environment that offers relaxation and comfort We created the surroundings to offer our clients the opportunity to enhance their appearance, promote good health and provide a short getaway from their day to day reality. Purity Day Spa has a wide variety of treatments, offering the ultimate in skin and body rejuvenation. We invite you to visit our talented team of professionals dedicated to creating the essence of health and beauty through science, nature and relaxation. Your experience will be both pleasurable and beneficial. Without “you” there is no “us.”
Join the only fun, and funky group fitness studio in St. Augustine that offers over 45 classes a week which includes Zumba, Body Pump, Spin, Barre, Yoga and more. We have certified instructors who connect with the members and help them feel good inside and out! All ages and fitness levels are welcome. We accept Silver Sneakers for seniors and will be adding kids classes in the new year! Be sure to check out AMP Small Group Training a 6 week, program that will get you back into shape after the holidays. Come "find your groove" at Funkytown Fitness!!
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At Orangetheory, you’ll get the energy of a group workout with the attention of an experienced personal coach. Backed by the science of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. We call it the afterburn. Our members burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories in 60 minutes. And keep burning calories for up to 36 hours. Top-of-the-line equipment, upbeat music and motivational trainers make the Orangetheory Fitness environment the most energetic fitness environment around. Keep Burning!
The Bar Method’s signature technique is the fastest and most efficient way to reshape the entire body. Precise isometric exercises keep students working “in the muscle,” followed by active and passive stretching to lengthen and elongate the area just worked. The result is a graceful, strong dancer-like body, including sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted seat and elongated thighs, as well as improved posture and body alignment. The fast pace of the class spikes the heart rate at different intervals to burn calories not just in the classroom but long after.
Walk through our doors, and begin to unwind in the comforts of your surroundings. Here, luxurious Spa treatments and total hair care fuse, creating a memorable body and mind experience. Take a vacation away from the everyday, and let us indulge your senses.
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ST. AUGUSTINE SOCIAL ANNIVERSARY PARTY
he end of 2017 gave our magazine a lot to celebrate. December brought not only the holidays as well as St. Augustine Social's third anniversary, but we also had the added bonus of releasing our December/January issue and getting to honor the top six winners of our Person of the Year contest. So with all this festivity in mind, invitations were sent out to contributors, advertisers, friends, and the faces that graced the pages of our magazine. We held the anniversary party in The Parlor Room, a fairly new venue to the St. Augustine event scene and the perfect elegant, but slightly industrial backdrop to our celebration. Our friends at Jack Wilson Chevrolet sponsored the party and By Design Catering provided a charcuterie spread and served beer from Dog Rose Brewery, Champage with Chambord, and San Sebastian Winery's newest Cabernet Sauvignon. Hugh Ward kept the music going all night as guests weaved their way in and out of the crowds, greeting friends and meeting new people. Though the atmosphere was merry and spirited, the party was casual and people milled in and out until the night came to a close and we toasted to a new year serving St. Augustine. Photography by Steve Parr
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Style CUP OF LOVE By Molly Wilson
hether you’re from the South and prefer it iced and saturated with sugar or take it steaming and black, tea is one of the most comforting beverages. There’s nothing like sitting down with a cup and hearing the rain pattering against your window or starting out your morning with the steam warming your face. Okay, we get pretty romantic when it comes to tea, so when we came across Big Heart Tea’s Cup of Love, it was like the stars had aligned. Cup of Love is a rose tea with a mild, nurturing flavor that has a natural sweetness to it (sugars or sweeteners need not apply). Its only ingredients are rose and organic tulsi – an aromatic perennial that’s commonly known as holy basil. If delicate doesn’t quite appeal to you, the local retailer of the tea – Declaration & Co. – also carries flavors like Fake Coffee (herbaceous and chocolatey) and Cup of Sunshine (stimulating turmeric and ginger). So lift your cup and pinky out – it’s tea time.
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Inside: Trendsetter // Office Space // At Home Valentine's Day // Crayola Brights // Home Style
1 - PERFUME "This is my favorite everyday perfume! It has a fresh and clean scent and is not over powering." Miss Dior Blooming
Bouquet, available at Dillard's
2 - FOUNDATION "This foundation is the best I’ve ever used! It goes on just like an airbrush so it feels like you have nothing on and lasts all day."
Dior Air Flash Spray Foundation, available at Dillard's
3 - POMADE "This is a product I stand behind! It’s affordable without lacking quality. All my clients love it!" Layrite Pomade, available
4 - DRY SHAMPOO "This is the best dry shampoo around and it’s perfect for on the go! It smells amazing and gets the job done!” Amika Dry
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It's pretty clear that the owner of and creative talent behind Mel's Old City Barbershop has a pretty defined sense of personal style. She's done cute and classic just right (and we're really coveting those suspenders!). So sit back and enjoy a lesson in beauty and style from one of the experts.
Photography by David Steele
at Mel's Old City Barbershop
5 - DEODORANT “Hands down best organic deodorant I have ever used that actually works!” Lavender Vanilla
deodorant, available at Hella Good
6 - CREAM “I’ve used this product for 10 years. It’s never failed me and I have yet to find anything that matches its quality." Pevonia skin
cream, available at Ocean Vibes Spa 7 - MAKEUP REMOVER "This one removes your makeup easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.” Estée
Lauder Take It Away, available at Belk 8 - EYE SHADOW "This is my go-to for everyday wear. Its neutral matte colors go perfectly with my skin tone and lasts all day." Youngblood
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Whether you're getting your work life more organized or just increasing your in-office morale, these local retailers can help give your desk an always-needed upgrade. 1 - PLAQUE For anyone that’s tired of explaining their go-getter attitude, decorate your desk with a quick reminder.
Available at Tre Sebastian
2 - FRENCH PRESS Everyone knows that sometimes the office coffee pot just doesn’t cut it. For the days when you need a real pick-me-up, a stylish French press is your best friend.
Available at Juniper Market
3 - TUMBLER Always on the go doesn’t mean you can live without your hot (or cold) beverages. Your daily hydration courtesy of a classic marble print.
Available at the Tervis Store
4 - LAMP Delightfully minimalist as well as practical, this desk lamp functions as both a light and a little storage.
Available at Obscura
5 - SUCCULENT Desk plants can be a lot of hassle, so opt for a low-maintenance option in a stylish pot.
Available at Leonardi's Nursery
6 - CALENDAR Get productive with a calendar that lets you begin to plan two years ahead.
Available at Red Pineapple
7 - PENCILS These fancy and fun pencils will make the work day a bit more imaginative.
Available at Market Street Boutique 8 - PLANNER Get yourself centered and take it one week at a time with a weekly planner notepad.
Available from M.C. Pressure
9 - BAG Don’t give in to functionality with no form. With this natural grid bag, you’ll get both.
Available at Obscura
AT HOME VALENTINE'S DAY
Instead of making an almost impossible reservation, here are a few necessities to get you started on hosting a Valentine's date at your own home.
1 - WINE GLASS The wine glass has entered the modern world! These stemless, diamond-cut glasses are a great addition to a modern table.
Available at West to East
2 - DIFFUSER Set a romantic mood with the warm and dreamy scent of smoked wood and amber.
Available at Peace Love Home
3 - FLOWERS Let’s face it. Flowers are a Valentine’s Day essential. But don’t head to the grocery store last minute – pick up a bouquet that will make an impression.
Available at Flowers by Shirley
4 - JAM Take whatever dish you’re serving up a couple of flavor and elegance notches with a Cabernet Sauvignon spread.
Available at The Ancient Olive
5 - COOKBOOK With simple recipes that focus on the seasonal, the dishes from this no-waste cookbook are sure to impress your Valentine.
Available at Two Sparrows
6 - CUTTING BOARD Chopping up vegetables and slicing a steak never looked so beautiful. No part of your Valentine’s Day will be ordinary.
Available at the Collaborative District 7 - COCOTTE Bake, cook, and even serve your favorite dishes in a gorgeous cocotte that will last a lifetime.
Available at the Le Creuset store
8 - WINE Mumm Napa bottles a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a touch of effervescence and a strawberry and plum aroma.
Available at Tim's Wine Market
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CRAYOLA BRIGHTS The spring season is starting out bold! Stay in touch with the fashion and lifestyle forecast with stunning shades and eyecatching hues from some of our favorite shops.
1 - EARRINGS In a myriad of colors and a classic shape, these Bellarri earrings are a subtle way to play into the season’s bright color obsession.
Available at Nettles Fine Jewelry
2 - BAG With a sunshine bag, making an impression won’t be hard.
Available from Fulani Handbags
3 - PLANNER We’re sure it’s proven somewhere that this color pink makes you more productive.
Available from Market Street Boutique
4 - LIPSTICK Bring the bright colors from your head to your toes in a sensational hue.
Available at The Rosy Cheek
5 - DRESS Royal blue looks stunning on almost every skin tone. You can’t go wrong in this dress.
Available at GOLDFINCH Boutique
6 - WAVE Bring some brightness into your home and decorate with a blue glass wave by artist Kyle Goodwin.
Available from Goodwin Glassworks
7 - BATH BOMB Feel alluring while you pamper with a bath bomb called “The Other Woman.”
Available at Antoinette's Bathhouse 8 - BOOTS Your toes never looked so good!
Available at Target
9 - POUCH Make a statement every time you keep yourself organized.
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Irene Salley, French-American, Oil on Linen Irene Salley, French-American, Oil on Linen
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WILD FOR TEXTURE Unusual patterns and unexpected movement are being seen in the most stylish of places. Bring some texture into your life.
1 - BAG It doesn’t get more classic than a textured leather bag in a gorgeous natural shade.
Available at Spanish Dutch Convoy
2 - SNEAKERS Not only are they dazzling, these shoes are comfortable enough that you’ll be in them all day.
Available at Artsy Abode
3 - THROW There’s hardly a more classic texture than adorable pom-poms. The herringbone print is just an added bonus.
Available at Declaration & Co.
4 - SALT LAMP Not only will a salt lamp give off gorgeous light, they’ve been said to cleanse the air, ease allergies, and improve your mood.
Available at LaCura Salt Spa
5 - DRESS Make an impression as soon as you walk in the room with a dress in an unusual, but subtle pattern and beautiful shade of millennial pink.
Available at Rochelle's
6 -EARRINGS What's a better way to amp up an outfit than some dangling gold fringe? We can’t think of one.
Available at Blue Water Jewelers
7 - WRISTLET Don’t worry about lugging around a heavy bag when all you need are a few essentials. Choose a small wristlet with a lot of movement.
Available at Two Sparrows
8 - SWEATER In an understated cream, this feathery soft sweater is both subtle and statement-making at the same time.
Available at GOLDFINCH Boutique
A House Made Home HOME STYLE
Like many transplants to the Ancient City, Nancy Shaver didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find St. Augustine so much as St. Augustine found her. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Leonard Blush
t’s an unusually brisk day in St. Augustine. Mayor Nancy Shaver is seated on the enclosed porch off of her living room. An electric fireplace projects dancing flames behind a custom-made iron screen. Her eyes catch a memory in the firelight and she smiles. “Sean and I designed that screen together,” she says. “He didn’t get to see the finished piece, but his influence is in it.” A beautiful, functional piece of art, the fireplace screen is one of many mementos from a life well lived that adorns Nancy’s Lincolnville bungalow. From a charcoal sketch of her father to a vast collection of public restroom signs, seven decades of stories, travels, and adventures bedeck the walls of the mayor’s eclectic 1,300 square foot home. Just over a decade ago, Nancy was living in Denver. A self-proclaimed Navy brat and corporate nomad, Nancy found herself with two grown children and a successful career, but no place that felt like home. Hoping to remedy this, she bought a vacation cottage in Maine. One night, while hosting a small get together, Nancy met Sean Meacham, a stock trader turned seasoned sailor who
floated between Maine and Puerto Rico. Instantly, the two perennial wanderers had finally found home. “He was the love of my life,” she says. “I’ve kissed a lot of frogs —even married some — but when we met, it was instant. We moved in together in less than a month.” Unfortunately, not long after they began building their life together in Maine, Sean was diagnosed with a rare, terminal form of leukemia. “We knew we didn’t want to spend our last winter together in Maine,” says Nancy. “A friend told me about St. Augustine and said I would love it.” Knowing time was precious, Nancy hopped on the internet and found a two bedroom, two bathroom house on a short sale. She bought the place sight unseen, made a quick weekend trip to coordinate with contractors and architects, and then returned north to pack Sean and all of their belongings for one last trip down the coast. Other than enclosing the side porch, not much work was needed to get the house move-in ready. Built in 1930, the home still www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Details Resident: Nancy Shaver Amenities: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, home office, fenced-in backyard, and an unrivaled art collection Size: 1,300 square feet indoor space Year built: 1930
had much of its original character, from the built-in bookshelves to the clawfoot tub in the master bath. Still, the couple found a few areas to leave their mark. Sean rigged a light behind the stained glass window over the refrigerator while Nancy converted a small closet off the laundry room into an art studio. Sean relished the warm, Florida days on the porch swing. He made little birds from palm fronds and gave them to neighbors who stopped to chat. Nancy poured herself into Sean’s care, making sure he had the best quality of life possible. In August 2010, less than a year after moving to St. Augustine, Sean passed away.
"He was the love of my life,” Nancy says. “I’ve kissed a lot of frogs — even married some —but when we met it was instant. "
As she worked through her grief, Nancy began to pay attention to the local news and a headline about a coral reef project
near Riberia Point caught her eye. Nancy called her daughter, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who hadn’t heard of the project. More research revealed the company hired by the city had previously defrauded the government of Dominica on a similar project. Nancy took her findings to City Hall where she met with longtime City Manager John Reagan. “I told him I’d be happy to find another company, a legitimate one, that would be a better fit for their strategic plan,” says Nancy. “That’s when I found out they didn’t have a strategic plan.”
The coral reef project was called off, but other development proposals rose for the same land a few blocks from Nancy’s home. Her business experience told her www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Nancy's home is all about bright colors and pieces with purpose. The cohesive feel of the space comes not from curated design and straight-from-a-catalog planning. The atmosphere is a result of the space being really, truly Nancy.
Art at every corner!
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The backyard is shady and filled with natural greenery as well as plenty of seating for entertaining. The window in Nancy's office overlooks the serene space and lends a much-needed calm to otherwise hectic days.
these projects were not the right fit for the area. an art gallery or be an interior designer.” She became a founding member of Keep Riberia Point Green, a Her home certainly testifies to her passionate group that later guided talent in both areas. Her carefully her 2014 campaign for mayor and curated collection of artwork “It was the supported her through re-election includes everything from Australian in 2016. textiles to pieces by local artists first thing Enzo Torcoletti and Sara Pedigo. he ever gave “I don’t have any ambitions when it me," she comes to politics. I just love solving Still, the pieces that mean the says. "It problems and helping people.” most are the ones that make her was his way house into a home. It’s the apple Nancy, now in her 70s and a ladder Sean had custom made for of saying, grandmother of two, plans to the kitchen. It’s the delicate little 'You've run for a third term in 2018. She palm frond birds tucked in special hooked me.'" hopes to maintain momentum corners. It’s a rusted hook mounted behind solving what she sees as St. in a wood frame on the guest room Augustine’s biggest problem: sea wall. level rise. “It’s the first thing he ever gave me,” she says. “I always thought in my retirement I’d be “It was his way of saying ‘You’ve hooked me.’” making mediocre art and writing bad poetry,” Nancy says with a laugh. “I thought I would run
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HONEY TRUCK CO. By Teddy Regis | Photography by David Steele
troll through a farmers market, and you’re bound to spot any number of local honey vendors. But what if you could use honey strictly derived from St. Augustine's flora and fauna? Look no further than Danielle Brooks' The Honey Truck Co.
A Flagler College graduate, Danielle has a background in journalism and photography. “I love tea, and I wanted honey in my tea...I thought it would be awesome to have my own beehive and harvest my own honey," reflects Danielle, who gained expertise by attended beekeeper meetings and working in the field with experienced beekeepers. “I found somebody who had a hive and I shadowed them."
Danielle regularly assembles pop-up shops with local vendors. The Honey Truck Co. has expansion on the horizon, with plans to establish hives throughout the community. Danielle sets up shop in her red vintage 1963 Ford Econoline, named Kennedy. Now in her second year of beekeeping, Danielle says, “I love this city so much...To be able to give it back something it can enjoy too has been awesome.” The Honey Truck Co. doesn't outsource – period. Danielle emphasizes, "The point is to keep it hyperlocal." The Honey Truck Co.'s email list and social media posts provide updates on when and where pop-ups will be held. www.honeytruck.co
Inside: Rising Star // Family Favorites // How I Got Here // Line of Duty // Emerging Leaders
A junior at the Stanford University Online High School, Madison’s social circle encompasses a literal international community. She meets with her peers several times a year at places like M.I.T. in Boston for educational events and then goes to California for her prom. Even beyond this, what makes Madison such an intriguing young woman is her love of research. She has always considered herself to be an academic, but it was in middle school that she discovered her true passion. Attending a camp at Busch Gardens one summer in seventh grade, Madison discovered the importance of oyster bed conservation and all the research involved in preserving this endangered species of marine life. She took her experiences from that camp to heart, and came home, searching for ways to continue with the research. Within weeks, she was heavily involved with the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve group and was conducting regular research with the head scientists at the park. Her time at GTM introduced her to many endangered marine life species and she began to broaden her horizons.
I watched Madison as she left, her parting words still ringing in my brain: “I embrace not being average and now I have many amazing international friends from my online high school that ‘get me.’” RISING STAR
Zoobiquity: The connection between human and veterinary medicine. It is also a term which defines 16-yearold Madison Toonder’s life. By Lynette Snell | Photography by Brian Miller
adison Toonder is a typical teenager. Her social circle keeps her busy, she depends on her mom for rides, and she looks forward to prom. But that’s where most “typical” things regarding Madison end. As I sat with her at a local restaurant and listened to her speak, I stopped wondering what I was going to write about her and started worrying if I was smart enough to write about her. At sixteen years old, she already has a staggering resume.
Later she learned about a virus that is threatening the sea turtle population called fibropapillomatosis or FP. This virus acts very similarly to the human viral diseases HIV and herpes simplex. Once she discovered that similarity, she found that alligator blood is used frequently in studies involving HIV. The simple reason? Alligator blood rejects the HIV and herpes viruses. She began researching in earnest and found no one else had made the same connection. She reached out to prominent researchers in the state of Florida and connected with Dr. Carolyn Cray at the University of Miami. Now in her second year of research, she is co-authoring a paper on her research (though due to the nature of her work, she was unable to share details).
When not studying, researching new cures for viruses, or speaking at keynote conferences, Madison relieves her tension and stress by playing her guitar. She also volunteers as a volleyball coach at the St. Augustine YMCA. Madison’s future is very bright indeed. She dreams of attending Duke University for her undergrad and eventually she hopes to become a veterinarian for marine and exotic animals. I’d say her rising star is so bright she might exceed even her own dreams.
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DR. G. ROBERT BARINGER Over four decades of compassion and medical professionalism have given Dr. George Robert Baringer fulfillment and purpose within the community. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Brian Miller
tarting out his career as a flight surgeon in the United States Navy, Dr. G. Robert Baringer experienced a more harrowing journey into the medical field than most doctors could boast. And though honorable service for one’s country introduces the most exciting, fast-paced, heart-pumping side of the medical field, it was back home in school that the doctor discovered his real passion. His naval service over, Dr. Baringer enrolled at the University of Mississippi Medical School to study psychiatry and explore the treatment of mental health disorders. After three years of specialty training in the field, Dr. Baringer moved to Florida in 1971, where he taught psychiatry at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital. In 1973, the already illustrious steps of Dr. Baringer brought him to St. Augustine, FL, where a new state mandate required that all Florida counties provide mental health services for their residents. St. Johns, Putnam, and Flagler counties banded together to form a TriCounty health service. “I was asked to come and help with the program,” says Dr. Baringer, “At that time, there weren’t any programs like that. I knew that I could help a lot of people, so I took the job.” So Dr. Baringer became the Medical Director of Tri-County Mental Health
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Services. Needless to say, serving as Medical Director along with the responsibilities of being a doctor in his own office practice kept him quite busy. After years of service as the Tri-County Medical Director and after ending his office practice, Dr. Baringer began working with EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. This is where his trusted and valued guidance may still be found today as the center’s Medical Director.
“I’m eightytwo years old, so I’m only partially retired. I keep at it. I work mostly in the Detox Program. There’s a lot to be done, a lot of people to help.”
EPIC Behavioral Healthcare specializes in helping individuals and families that are dealing with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders. Through counseling and other forms of treatment, EPIC helps people of the community recover from lifegripping disorders. “I’m eighty-two years old, so I’m only partially retired,” laughs Dr. Baringer. “I keep at it. I work mostly in the Detox Program. There’s a lot to be done, a lot of people to help.”
EPIC’s Detox Program is designed to help those suffering with substance abuse. While the program utilizes a combination of medication and therapy to help patients, Dr. Baringer passionately feels that the therapeutic www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
side of the treatment should not be overshadowed by its medicinal counterpart. He explains, “It’s the things lying beneath that are the source of many of these problems, these addictions. You have to get to the core of the situation if you’re going to make changes in your life. That’s where I like to help.”
Dr. Baringer has seen many cases of people battling addictions and substance abuse. However, it’s the rising epidemic of heroin use in the county that truly concerns him. Heroin is highly addictive and drastically affects the lives of its users long after its initial euphoric high has faded away. Not only does it destroy the mind and body of its users, but it also damages the lives of loved ones who are forced to witness its destruction. These are damages that Dr. Baringer works hard to rectify with his patients. “Almost all these people are also dealing with some form of mental illness,” he says. “Substance abuse and mental illness sort of go hand in hand. You can’t treat one without treating the other.” www.epicbh.org
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Despite their nonstop lives, this family of four (plus their furry friend, Marshall) makes time to play games, cook, and enjoy the city together. Photography by Jessica Stout
Meet the Futrell family. If you've ever gotten the chance to watch how seamlessly Rob and Jill work together, you won't be surprised that this family describes themselves as close-knit. The pair have made a name for themselves running their wedding photography business, Photos by Rob, and, though that keeps them on their feet and even traveling to far and away places with the kids, they still find the time to settle down together and enjoy life at home. Elizabeth and her little brother Ethan can always be found playing card games and board games and – when mom isn't looking – video games with their dad. When they aren't dining at one of their favorite local The Futrell family pictured haunts, the Futrell's backyard garden (often from left: Elizabeth 11, Rob tended by grandma) fuels their love to cook (Dad) 43, Jill (Mom) 42, together. Life slows down in these quiet Ethan 7, Marshall (Dog) moments and the family of four makes the most of good times had together.
Favorite place to let the kids loose? Our
backyard! We spent a lot of time looking for a perfect place with privacy and a giant backyard so that our kids could have the same kind of "run free" experience we had as kids and were thrilled to find it just minutes outside of downtown!
When we have out-oftown guests, we always take them to...
Casa Maya. Jill is a pescatarian and Rob is not, so The Maya (as we call it) has just about everything and their Avacado Soup pretty much cures everything.
Favorite St. Augustine date night destination? Right now it is
Preserved or Collage. We love to cook so when we eat out we want to experience something that we can't cook at home!
Place in the city we've always wanted to go? Cafe Alcazar
When there's not a cloud in the sky, you can find us... at the beach. We love recharging our batteries at St. Augustine or Vilano Beach.
– we recently had to cut through the pool during an event and we looked at each other and said "Hey, let's come back here this month with the kids so they can check it out too." A really awesome spot tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown!
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Love. An impossibly complex word but quite simply the only word one can use to adequately describe 101-year-old Sardie Cashwell Jones. By Lynette Snell Photography by Brian Miller
ardie Jones liked to laugh at herself. One day she had the doors and windows open as she worked around the house. She giggled as she told the story. “I was just singing and praying out loud around the house. Now, I don’t sing real well,” Her ever-smiling eyes twinkled. “My neighbor called out, ‘Mrs. Jones are you ok?’ I said I was just fine! My neighbor said, ‘Well who is over there with you?’ Just me and the Lord!” And she laughed with all the joy in her heart. At the age of 101, Sardie Jones had witnessed enough negativity to make anyone bitter, angry and hateful. Relying on her faith and her belief in love, Sardie chose to be a positive voice in the murky mix of life. The days of Jim Crow laws, segregation, and blatant racism were things Sardie and her family faced on a daily basis. The idea of “separate, but equal” meant nothing to most people of color. It was hard to feel equal when everything — transportation, education, even the facilities — were harshly inferior by comparison to those used by white people. That’s when Sardie practiced loving people the most. And when it was hardest.
At age 14, Sardie began looking for a job outside the home. She answered an ad in the local newspaper for a mother’s helper. As soon as the woman opened the door and saw Sardie standing there, she informed her that she did not hire “colored girls” and sent her on her way. Sardie loved the word “colored” because it just shows how different everyone is. In her mind, “colored” was a beautiful thing because “the Lord made us all. He made all the flowers and birds different colors, and he made all the humans different colors, too. He just made a human garden,” Sardie said. “It was man who turned it into something different.” Sardie never let adversity keep her down. At age 19, she moved to live with her aunt in Washington, D.C. Her first job after graduation was in a private school for the daughters of diplomats. During World War II, Sardie took nursing classes and volunteered at the Red Cross and the USO. After the war, Sardie worked for the Army Map Service, the Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Mines. After her distinguished 35-year career, she retired in 1971. Sardie disputed the notion that as a society we have not made much progress in race relations. The significance of having an AfricanAmerican President was powerful for Sardie. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
“This country was founded on the basis of desiring freedom from oppression and it took too long to get true freedom for people of color. There will be those that don’t think they can continue working towards progress. I tell them ‘Oh yes you can. You have no idea how far we have come. You just got to have faith.’”
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Sardie worries that today, however, there are not enough people in communities of color rising up to be leaders. “Kids today just don’t know how far we have come. We have climbed so far up the ladder, and so many people died for the cause of freedom and equality. We have to start teaching kids these things again.” And most importantly, “Love. Love everybody.”
Sardie Jones went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017 at the age of 101. May her legacy of love never
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RICK LEVY Relatively few musicians enjoy an active career which spans over half a century, but this St. Augustine musician has enjoyed a fruitful career which has done exactly that. Written and photographed by Steve Parr
ick Levy got his start playing folk music with his sister in 1962, but truly cut his musical teeth in the mid-1960's in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Within two months of seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, he started his first band, The Outcasts. Not long after, he was recruited into The Limits, which was one of the earliest bands to come out of Allentown. Because the band's bassist Beau Jones was away at prep school at the time, Rick performed his audition over the phone. They liked what they heard and welcomed him into the band. Rick was in the 10th grade. The group enjoyed a respectable level of success over the years, but members went their separate ways once they reached their college years to pursue other interests (Rick himself attended the University of Pennsylvania). Rick and bassist Beau Jones continued to perform in and around the Philadelphia area, eventually forming the band Wax.
Rick's most emotional memory was in 2004 when he reunited with the surviving members of The Limits in Allentown. "We hadn't played there in 25 or 30 years,” he says. “People were lined up at three o'clock in the afternoon."
Over the years Rick has built himself a strong reputation as not only a player, but as a manager as well. He'd started working with various bands, such as Jay & The Techniques, The Tokens, and The Crystals. "While working with these other acts, I saw they didn't have representation,” says Rick. “So, I started Rick Levy Management. I had five or six artists at the time. I could be out playing with Jay and have five other bands working, making commission on all of them. I had some good years!" Another act Rick worked with was Peter
Noone (Herman's Hermits), starting around 2000. After being with Noone for three years, however, they parted ways but remained friends.
"Within a few months of that,” he says, “I had a 42 city tour booked with Jay & The Techniques, Freddy Cannon, and Merrilee Rush. Eventually, I picked up the original Box Tops to manage. When they reformed in 1996 they were the only act in the business with all of the original members." With such a deep pedigree, Rick is hard-pressed to pick a "most memorable" experience. The most emotional one, though, was in 2004 when he reunited with the surviving members of The Limits in Allentown. "We hadn't played there www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
in 25 or 30 years,” he says. “People were lined up at three o'clock in the afternoon. That whole thing probably got to me more than anything." Even now, Rick still finds time for going on the road. He currently tours as a guitarist and back-up vocalist for The Box Tops, and in the summer of 2017, they embarked on the "Happy Together" tour. When asked how long this can continue, his reply is very matter of fact — "It'll go another, maybe, five or ten years. It'll go on as long as the acts can still physically go. They all still sound great!" www.ricklevy.com
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COLETTE DOMINGUE During a tragedy and in the wake of the aftermath, victims are never alone. Victim Advocates like Colette are there to make the struggle just a little bit easier. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by David Steele
n the wake of a tragic accident or horrific crime, victims left shaken and scarred need someone to turn to. For St. Johns County residents, that resource is Colette Domingue. She is there to offer comfort, support, and guidance on how to recover and move forward after such a traumatic event. As a member of a two-person team of Victim Advocates employed by the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Department, Colette’s mission is to assist victims with moving forward. Whether help is needed with crime scene cleanup, grief counseling, or just a shoulder to cry on, she is there armed with resources, information, and comfort. “99% of what I deal with is tragic, heartbreaking, and horrific, but that’s the job,” says Colette. “If you can make a difference and help someone get through a horrible time, then it’s worth it.” Her job begins once the deputies arrive, assess the situation, and determine that a VA is needed. She has reported directly to the scene, to hospitals, and even transported family members to a hospital. She recalls one incident when deputies had to take a victim’s clothing as evidence following
a violent crime. She purchased clothes for the victim because they weren’t able to return to their home as it was still being investigated as a crime scene. “It doesn’t have to be just crime,” says Colette. “A lot of my callouts have to do with suicide, unfortunately. Most times, if there are no other family members to be of comfort and support for that victim and the person is falling apart and in a very emotional state, the deputies will call in a Victim Advocate.” The duration of her involvement also depends on the circumstances but typically ranges from several hours to a few days. “I remember being called out to a home invasion where the husband had been airlifted to Orange Park Medical Center. I picked up the wife and brought her to the hospital,” said Colette. That day she did not return home until 4am, but still went back to the hospital the next day, and stayed with the family for three days until the husband was finally discharged. Colette became a VA last year after serving as a volunteer with SJCSO since 2010. Volunteering was a way to fill her time after her daughter went away to college but when she heard that two long-serving VAs were moving on, she knew she could do something more for the community and has seen first-hand www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
the lasting impact victim advocacy can have. A family friend shared with her their tragic history of sexual abuse they endured as a child. Her VA helped her through the process of testifying and bring charges against her attacker. “Without the support and compassion of her advocate and the detectives, she wouldn’t have gotten through it,” says Colette. “To this day, they still keep in touch.”
Colette's is a job that's never easy. “99% of what I deal with is tragic, heartbreaking, and horrific, but that’s the job,” says Colette. “If you can make a difference and help someone get through a horrible time, then it’s worth it.”
Like her friend’s VA, Colette also keeps in contact with many of the victims she has helped and cherishes the special bond they build. “I just really feel like I’ve made a connection and I’ve made a difference,” she says. “I was there when they were in dire need of comfort and support and I was the person to give it to them. It was much appreciated and much needed.” www.sjso.org
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LEADERS They're the next generation of leaders, innovators, rebels, advocates, and dreamers in our community. Your voices were heard and your votes were counted, so meet the movers and shakers under 40 who are stepping up and making waves in St. Augustine.
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hen Jay Owen launched his first business doing website design in 1999, he was just a 17-year-old junior at Nease High School. Two decades later, that same business, Design Extensions, is still going strong – albeit with an expanded menu of services. “Entrepreneurship is a big thing for me,” says Jay. “It’s easy to start a business, but it’s difficult to grow a small business that lasts. I love working with entrepreneurs because I don’t want people to feel overwhelmed running their own show. I want to give them insights and ideas to achieve success because small businesses are the lifeline of every community.” Now offering strategic planning, video production, social media consulting, and search engine optimization, Jay and his team are helping others achieve the sustained success he’s found. He also shares his experience and the stories of other entrepreneurs on his podcast Building a Business that Lasts. Soon Jay plans to expand his enterprise again with a new book and a series of nationwide speaking engagements to pass along his small business tips to entrepreneurs around the country. Outside of work, Jay can often be found spending time with his wife, Claire, and their five children, Hayden, Oliver, Lincoln, Eden, and Eva. He also serves on the board for a nonprofit organization that focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Haiti. “My wife and I have both been there a few times,” says Jay. “It’s startling to see a place in so much need so close to home. As tough as it has been for us to recover from the hurricanes in St. Augustine, for them it’s a whole different ball game.” Jay, a Northeast Florida native, and his team at Design Extensions also work with local nonprofits including the Tom Coughlin Foundation and United Way. “I’ve been all over the country, but we just love it here,” says Jay. “It’s a good community with good friends, a good church, and great weather.”
ost days, you can find Kelly Kuecker sailing up and down I-95 – that long, asphalt river that connects her work life as Director of Corporate Marketing for FIS in Jacksonville to her home life as a girlfriend, mother, and daughter in St. Augustine. “I love St. Augustine,” says Kelly, who moved to the Ancient City from Atlanta at age seven. “I’ve traveled a lot and it’s the only place I want to be.” While Kelly, a graduate of St. Augustine High School, leads a high-powered career in the corporate world, her family tree is rooted in small, successful local businesses. The iconic Nautilus swimwear shop in St. Augustine Beach was started by Kelly’s grandparents, mother, and aunt in 1975. Her family still owns and operates the business today, with Kelly’s marketing expertise. In addition to helping Nautilus, Kelly also volunteers her time to help with the Compassion 5K Run, an annual race that raises funds to help families burdened with high medical bills, and the tag! the Children’s Museum of St. Augustine, expected to open in 2018. “Kelly inspires me with her exuberance, confidence, and great attitude,” says Katrina Greco, Kelly’s co-worker who nominated her as an Emerging Leader. “And there is no one I know who is more passionate about St. Augustine.” While Kelly has her hands full these days with working, volunteering, and chasing after her two-year-old son, Max, she hopes the future might hold a new branch for her on the family entrepreneurship tree. In the meantime, she has some sage marketing advice for other local entrepreneurs looking to take a leap. “Don’t be scared to take those risks,” says Kelly. “If you put yourself out there and shine, people will see your passion and want to help and support your business any way they can.”
t sixteen, Jeremy Watkins took one of his first calls as a St. Johns County Lifeguard. Diving into the churning waters off Vilano Beach, Jeremy carefully navigated the jagged underwater rocks and brought the swimmer safely to shore. “Right then I knew it was a calling and would be part of my life forever,” says Jeremy. That was the summer of 2000. Nearly two decades later, Jeremy has made a successful career in ocean safety. Following graduation, his high school lifeguarding gig turned into a full-time position with the county, but Jeremy wanted to make a bigger impact. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2004, where he served for seven years in a range of positions from ceremonial guard to rescue swimmer to aviation technician. Following his service, Jeremy helped the city of Hallandale Beach launch their Ocean Rescue program in 2012 before returning home to join the St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Even when he’s not on duty as a firefighter/EMT, Jeremy helps prevent tragedy as president of the St. Augustine Lifesaving Association and secretary for the U.S. Lifesaving Association. “Prevention starts with education,” says Jeremy. “Parents need to know the hazards of the water and share those with their children. There’s water everywhere you look in St. Augustine, so it’s important to teach kids how to swim and make sure they’re comfortable in the water.” Jeremy was nominated by his wife, Kimberly, who also served as a St. Johns County Lifeguard. “Most of his free time is spent volunteering to raise awareness or fundraise for the cause,” says Kimberly. “Jeremy is a natural leader. His unwavering enthusiasm for lifesaving has led him to go beyond what’s required of him and take on every role and responsibility related to the field. He inspires me every day.”
cross three continents, two oceans, and over a decade of hard work, Kelly Youngs has an impressive career resume. An expert in international media and marketing, Kelly spent six years working with powerhouse networks like CNN and the BBC before deciding it was time to return to the little seaside community where she grew up and start a family with her husband, Richard. Not long after her children were born, Kelly felt the embers of an idea rekindling in her mind. She wanted to find a way to reignite her career, while still being present for her children, and she had just the business plan to do it. “I had a similar idea years ago and pitched it to some other companies who wound up not being interested,” says Kelly. “I just always felt there was something meaningful missing for women in the marketplace that was empowering without being angry or divisive.” Unable to find that voice, Kelly decided to grab the microphone herself. In the summer of 2015, she launched She is Fierce!, a website designed to connect women with mentors, advice, and encouragement. Offline, Kelly also launched a monthly speakers series in St. Augustine featuring female Olympians, authors, journalists, and FBI agents, who share their stories of triumph and success. For each event, She is Fierce! also highlights a local nonprofit and splits the event proceeds with the organization. Additionally, Kelly created a short life skills course that is provided for free to women in need. She also serves on the board for the tag! Children’s Museum. Although She is Fierce! now has members in eight countries, Kelly is incredibly proud of the company’s local impact. “It’s been so amazing to connect with so many wonderful, ambitious people right here in my own community who I never would’ve met if I hadn’t started this company.”
hether she’s showing a new listing, helping a bride plan the perfect wedding, or driving her enormous Bernese mountain dog, Cash, from Florida to Canada, Shelby Cupolo is never short on energy, passion or excitement. “Be there 120%, no matter what, that’s my passion,” says Shelby. Originally from Canada, Shelby moved to St. Augustine as a toddler in 1989. After college, she took a job working with her dad at Coldwell Banker. She only intended to stay in St. Augustine for a little while, but soon she fell in love with her job and her community. “I tear up at every closing,” laughs Shelby. “I get to sell houses to friends that I went to preschool through high school with so that now their kids can grow up in this same little slice of heaven. Even with the clients I don’t know, I tell them once they work with me, they can’t get rid of me!” When she’s not selling houses or working her second passion as an event planner with Uncorked Occasions, Shelby can be found all over St. Augustine donating her time – usually with Cash in tow. She rings the bell for Salvation Army, volunteers for MOPS, SAFE and the St. Francis House, participates in Pink Up the Pace and the ALS Walk, and, starting in 2018, she’ll be training Cash to be a Hospice dog. “If you’re able to give back, you should,” she says. “I’m never too busy to help.” “Shelby makes everyone she meets her best friend,” says Eric Hodges, who nominated her. “When I look at our town and think about the people who are truly investing in this great place, I always think of Shelby and everything she does to make St. Augustine feel like home. She makes you want to help people.”
n a community sometimes stubbornly rooted in its ways, Pete Melfi is pushing for a new tradition in the Ancient City. His media outlet, My904News.com, not only utilizes modern mediums like videos and podcasts to share the news, it also focuses exclusively on locally relevant stories. “I try to cut the fat,” says Pete. “People deserve to receive local news that’s not driven by advertisers, but driven by what residents want and need to hear.” After producing regional radio programs for years, Pete received an opportunity to produce for a local radio talent who was picked up by the Washington Times. When he returned from his stint in D.C., Pete brought his national experience in political journalism to the local scene. “The end goal is not just to entertain people,” says Pete, “But to make local politicians start taking our views seriously.” Pete also uses his platform to support local causes. Over the holiday season, he helped raise $650 for St. Augustine’s Empty Stocking Fund. He’s also produced videos lauding the city’s unified recovery from Hurricane Matthew and showcasing local businesses, like Crave Food Truck, that provided free meals to first responders after Hurricane Irma. “Pete has a very bold style, to say the least,” says Susan Johnson, Pete’s mother, who nominated him as an Emerging Leader. “He utilizes a unique combination of fearlessness, honesty, creativity, and humor, but what might not be so obvious at first is his empathy and compassion. Pete has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever known.” Heading into 2018, Pete has plans to continue growing his audience while staying true to his core values as a journalist. “My goal is to present unfiltered, genderless viewpoints of what local residents are interested in,” says Pete. “I just hope they keep watching and paying attention.”
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In big and small businesses all around St. Johns County, these women continue to break the workplace mold and surpass the proverbial glass ceiling in support of their families, career aspirations, and community involvement.
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BROOKE BOHALL RE/MAX LEADING EDGE KNOWN FOR... HER PERSISTENCE AND HER EXPERTISE IN THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET.
I bring something extra to the table that cannot be purchased or measured, and that is integrity and determination.
f you are interested in buying or selling real estate in St. Augustine and other areas of Northeast Florida, Brooke Bohall will help you reach those goals. After receiving her Communications degree from Indiana University, Brooke gained experience in marketing, landscape design, advertising and property management. Wearing many hats, she found her passion in real estate which utilizes all of her skills. As a full-time agent in Northeast Florida, Brooke has several years of experience in all aspects of real estate. If you are a seller, first-time buyer, investor or retiree, she has all the tools and knowledge to make any transaction seamless. She provides her client’s with the most current market information and trends so they can make the best decisions. Brooke thoroughly understands the personal nature of her work. She says, “I am focused on developing meaningful relationships with my client’s in all phases of their transactions. Real estate is a lifestyle for me.” In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors, photography, and travel. She loves introducing her clients, friends, and family to locally owned restaurants and shops. A quick look at Brooke’s online reviews reflects her enthusiasm for her chosen career. She is described as positive, patient, knowledgeable and a great communicator. She says, “I have a sincere passion for design, architecture, technology, and marketing. Unique blends of these passions are what make her an industry leader. She draws on her invaluable expertise and connections to streamline intricate transactions and deliver exceptional results. “I appreciate my loyal clientele, personal referrals and repeat business. I always go above and beyond for my clients. My reward is seeing them happy.”
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Allyson & Chelsea are a dynamic duo in passionate pursuit of making the world a healthier and happier place.
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ity Wellness partners Chelsea Conard and Allyson Sunderman founded Bodhi + Sol after discovering a gap in the spa market for quality, affordable organic
essential oils. The combined knowledge of Allyson as a Dr. of Physical Therapy and Chelsea as a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor was not only an excellent foundation to launch City Wellness but the perfect match to develop their essential oil company. Bodhi + Sol is a women-owned business which brings organic essential oil blends and scented body butters and scrubs to the spa and wellness market. Before meeting, both Chelsea and Allyson had dreamed of owning a wellness center. Once they joined forces, their dreams fell into place. Chelsea says, “Allyson and I call each other "Righty" and "Lefty," because together we make up both sides
of our collective biz brain. We make a great team because we each excel in different areas. But the biggest quality we share that makes us perfect for this profession is our desire to help people. We'd like our clients to know that we truly care about them and their wellbeing.” Chelsea says, “Our biggest challenge with running two businesses is time. But we try to take our own advice - just breathe, and take it one task and one day at a time. It’s all worth it when we see a client walk out of a yoga class or a massage with a lazy smile on their face. It makes us feel like we are doing some good in the world.” You can experience Bodhi + Sol essential oils for yourself at City Wellness located in the Sea Grove Shopping Center on Anastasia Island. While you're there, take a yoga class, treat yourself to a massage and indulge in their scope of wellness services.
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ANCIENT CITY ACCOUNTING KIM FADER KNOWN FOR... ACCURATE AND EFFICIENT ACCOUNTING WORK AND TAX PREPARATION.
he primary objective of Ancient City Accounting is to relieve the stress of bookkeeping and taxes from entrepreneurs and individuals. Interested in fashion, Kim Fader initially entered college to pursue a degree in Fashion Marketing. Life took a swift turn after she signed up for her first accounting course and she instantly shifted gears towards a different profession. Kim says, “Accounting made complete sense to me, so I changed my focus to accounting and became a licensed Enrolled Agent.” After school, Kim practiced her trade at several companies including a copy repair company and seven years at a CPA firm in Massachusetts. Upon moving to Florida, she worked for another CPA in Jacksonville before she opened Ancient City Accounting in St. Augustine seven years ago. Her firm has grown to her current team of eight professionals with varied fields of expertise. Kim says, “I am a pretty black and white person. What I like most about accounting is that it makes sense. One of today’s challenges for business owners is staying on top of the ever-changing tax laws. Whether you are a small home based entrepreneur or a company with several employees, we can serve your needs. Our firm can be involved as much or as little as you want us to be.” Seeing her clients succeed, expand and grow is one of the ultimate rewards Kim experiences in her profession. She says with a smile, “Of course a perfect day on the job is everything balancing.”
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CAROLYN DENTZ KNOWN FOR... CUSTOM GRAPHIC AND MERCHANDISE DESIGN, AND IN-HOUSE SCREEN PRINTING AND SUBLIMATION PRINTING.
ith the help of her two brothers, Carolyn Dentz turned her knowledge of photography, design, and screen printing into a thriving online retail company and local custom screen printing business. In 2007, Carolyn Dentz started her company, ResisDentz (then, Dentz Design Screen Printing) as a solo entrepreneur. As each of her brothers graduated college, they joined her in building the flourishing business that exists today. The family company which includes the sibling’s mother, recently relocated from New Jersey to the St. Augustine area. Carolyn says, “When I found St. Augustine, I knew this was the place for us to work and live.” Carolyn started her business as a local custom screen printer. In the humble beginnings, there was time to experiment with different printing processes and techniques. She says, “Our family has worked together for many years, and we continue to perfect our craft.” As the business grew, they developed the clothing brand ResisDentz, which is the backbone of their company. The company attributes their success to the fact that they manufacture, design and print each piece. Carolyn says, “The process of design starts with the blank garment that we are printing on. It should never be the afterthought. We have a full understanding of clothing design from concept through creation.” Their process ensures that clients are getting more than just their logo slapped on a t-shirt or hat. Carolyn says”, It’s important to myself and my clients that their brand is represented appropriately and in harmony with what we are printing on.” Carolyn Dentz will be showing at St. Augustine Fashion Week this spring.
For us, there is no separation between the design and printing process. It all needs to work together for the best possible product. It's what we love to do.
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THE BARDOT BRITNYE SHORE KNOWN FOR... LEADING HER TEAM TO PROVIDE THE LATEST TRENDS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY.
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ritnye Shore is the embodiment of her powerful slogan, bold – beautiful – badass. Her goal is to empower females to follow their dreams while feeling beautiful and confident. As a native St. Augustinian, Britnye is honored to be a business owner in the community, and the historic city has provided the ultimate setting for her customized bridal beauty business. Thinking out of the box is one of the qualities that catapulted Britnye to success. Her creative thinking led her to convert a vintage 28-ft travel trailer into a pink beauty bus. The concept of an onsite bridal beauty service caught fire instantly. In 2016 she serviced 30 weddings, which by 2017 grew threefold to 100. She now has 17 babes on her team working in three different cities. Britnye says, “I love to lead, communicate, and be a part of people’s lives. If I can achieve all those things while making women feel beautiful and confident with themselves - then I have hit the ultimate jackpot.” Her passion for the empowerment of women has extended to pursuing becoming an advocate for an organization called Girl Up (girlup.org). She completely embraces their slogan which says, “‘Girls are powerful. When they are educated, healthy and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and change our world.” Britnye loves showing the world that with hard work, women can juggle their lives successfully while being a wife, mother, business owner, friend, daughter, and sister. She says, “One of my primary goals is to show my daughter that women can do anything they put their minds to.”
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ANCIENT CITY INSURANCE STEPHANIE SMITH REBECCA HOUPE KNOWN FOR... WOMAN–RUN TEAM PROVIDING TAILORED INSURANCE SOLUTIONS.
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nsurance is not a cookie-cutter product. Ancient City Insurance always takes the time to customize each customer’s needs with the right product. After being in the Insurance business for about four years, Rebecca Houpe started Ancient City Insurance in 2003. Previously, Rebecca had worked with Stephanie Smith and was impressed with her insurance knowledge and background. Rebecca says, “I was honored to bring Stephanie onboard in 2013 to help grow the commercial side of my business. The two women made a great team, and Rebecca made Stephanie a partner of Ancient City Insurance in 2017. The unique attributes that Rebecca and Stephanie bring to the insurance field are availability and expertise. Rebecca says, “My partner Stephanie and I are both nurturers,
so the customer service side of the business is the most important to us. We are not natural salespeople, but when we’re knowledgeable and passionate about the product, then it’s easy to sell it.” The partners make a point of keeping up with outside influencers. They say, “If any occurrences cause insurance premiums to increase significantly, we automatically remarket it to make sure we always offer the best policies.” This duo loves what they do and say, “As best friends, we work well together, and our team is an amazing group of professionals. Rebecca says, “We are up for all challenges, and work tirelessly on last-minute emergencies because we want to help everybody on their timeframe. There is no greater joy than helping customers protect their assets and save money while doing so.”
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STYLE AND GRACE WIG STUDIO SABRINA HIERS FISHER HAIR THERAPIST CREATED WITH HIGH-SPIRITED IMAGINATION, DELIVERED WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.
I have a special relationship with every client and feel pure joy at helping them to feel confident and beautiful again.”
he name sums it up. With style and grace, Sabrina Hiers Fisher brings customized comfort and beauty to all women who walk into her salon and wig studio. Born and raised in the little town of St. Augustine, Sabrina never strayed further than the nearby city of Jacksonville. She says, “It’s the best feeling to help people you have been connected to your entire life.” As a hairstylist for 21-years (and loving it every step of the way), Sabrina has experienced all aspects of the beauty industry from assistant to salon owner. She felt a calling to add a wig studio to her salon (Hair by Sabrina) and says, “The wig studio has enabled me to give women who are going through illness or hair loss a chance to feel great about themselves again. The rewards of watching these transformations have really touched my heart.” Sabrina’s genuine interest in her clients puts everyone that sits in her chair instantly at ease. She says, “I’m a people person, and I talk to each client until I understand exactly what they want. Sometimes the customer wants a trendy new hairstyle and other times a customized wig or hair extension. Sabrina says, “Every time a client smiles, my heart is happy.” At the end of a day, Sabrina has usually experienced a roller coaster of emotions. She may have styled a bride or a new mom or else helped someone dealing with hair loss because of illness or chemotherapy. She says, “It is such a reward to see the women in my chair smiling, laughing and taking selfies to send to their loved ones.”
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reative Whitt is a full-service design studio which covers everything from brand conception and strategy, to website development, design, implementation, and maintenance. Daniel and Jenny Bookhout met at Flagler College and soon discovered that Jenny’s whimsical flair for art and design and Daniel’s tech-savvy genius were excellent skills for launching a web design agency. Together they help clients pull their ideas and passions together to market their events or businesses to the world in a beautiful and cohesive way. The couple has solid roots in St. Augustine, and they are passionate about building relationships in the community. Jenny says, “I love meeting fellow business owners who are excellent at what they do and pumped to be doing it. When we can work with local businesses like that and give them a brand, website and visual identity that tells their story to the world — that's the best.” Jenny’s work as a full-time graphic designer for the last ten years has taught her that attention to detail is crucial. She says, “Each “bespoke” brand identity is informed by an in-depth exploratory process, and created through an inspired artistic process so that it is meaningful, unique, and effective.” You can count on Daniel and Jenny to think outside of the box with new and unique ideas for branding your business. They love being the final piece of the puzzle that pulls a concept together for forward-thinking entrepreneurs. Jenny says, “We’re huge fans of what I call socially-conscious problem solvers. We love working with those who challenge the norm and are committed to developing better solutions for their customers.
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he menu at La Cocina International Restaurant is a rich tapestry and a testament to the wide range of culinary skills that Chef Norberto Jaramillo has under his belt. But we’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting menu item than the Bouillabaisse – a traditional Provençal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille. La Cocina’s take on the dish is intimate and delicate with the complexity of fine cuisine and yet somehow maintains the comfort and familiarity of Bouillabaisse’s original intent. With a foundation of hearty red sauce, the shrimp, mussels, clams, and scallops are set on a bed of linguine noodles. All the seafood is fresh and the flavor is both filling and light. The warm bread and parmesan garnish are just an added bonus. It's a meal that can be enjoyed at the height of the summer or in the chilly depths of winter and will always bring to mind the pleasantness of home – even if you didn't grow up in the French countryside. www.lacocinarestaurants.com
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WINE AND DINE There's hardly a more romantic drink than a simple glass of wine. Plus a little vinous knowledge is an easy way to impress your date. So if you're planning a big night out this romantic time of the year, head to a restaurant with an extensive wine list that will impress all on its own.
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BREWZ N DAWGZ
Brewz n Dawgz's commitment to fresh, guilt-free ingredients elevates the hot dog experience. Presenting the Dragged Through the Garden Dawg.
By Teddy Regis
ince 2005, Brewz n Dawgz has been serving up a unique gourmet bratwurst and frank experience with local clientele in mind. Herbivores and vegans are welcome thanks to plates like the "Dragged Through the Garden Dawg." By the time the dog "leaves the garden," it has latched onto all sorts of veggies. The wheat-based vegan frank is overlaid with a generous coat of spicy honey mustard, relish, diced onions, and jalapeño peppers. Tucked into the sides of the steamed organic bun are two plump wedges of tomato and pickle spears. The first bite introduces your taste buds to a plethora of flavors and textures – sweet mustard with a kick, the savory dog, and the crunchy zing of pickles and relish. Suddenly this Chicago-style dog transports you to Wrigley Field on game day. If the jalapeño heat is cranked higher than you can handle, a Midnight Oil stout pairs perfectly as a smooth fire quencher. Just ask Roger, who owns Brewz n Dawgz. He's more than happy to make dog and beverage pairing suggestions using a selection of 24 Florida craft beers and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."
Though the Garden Dawg would have you think you were biting into a meaty chicken frank. The satisfied yet not heavy feeling you are left with after this meal reflects the restaurant's "guilt-free and no junk!" mantra. And they're pretty committed to the organic and non-GMO. For example, you might go for a side of non-GMO sweet potato kettle chips for snacking between bites of the garden dog. If you show up on the right night, a large group of Brewz n Dawgz regulars will welcome you while they share laughs, anecdotes, and menu suggestions. The eatery is strategically situated off of the tourist path just south of Barnes & Noble on US-1 South and has become a secret spot of sorts for St. Augustinians who have an appreciation for craft beer, a unique dining experience, and comradery. If you’re ready to broaden your gastronomic horizons, trying to eat healthier, or just go a little off the beaten path, there is a new foodie friend waiting to be made in the Dragged Through the Garden Dawg. 1974 U.S. 1 South www.brewzndawgs.com
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TALE OF TWO
LAMB Whether elegant or familiar, these lamb dishes created by local chefs are out of this world. By Molly Wilson
Lamb Chop Lamb Shank
Especially in this area of the country, lamb doesn’t have a frequent spot on local menus. But when St. Augustine chefs decide to take on the dish, they do it right. Raintree Restaurant has opted for the beloved lamb chop, a lean, tender, and delicious cut. Their lamb is typically served with a sweet potato puree and a host of seasonal vegetables that could be a meal on their own. On top of the artfully arranged accoutrements sit delicate chops, not overwhelmed with excessive seasoning. The chefs rely on the natural flavors of the cut and merely drizzle mint jelly, Port Wine Sauce, and Sangria Reduction for added complexity.
With a business built on family and an atmosphere that exudes contentment, it’s no surprise that Zaharias created a Lamb Shank dish that’s comfort food at its finest. The lamb itself is a hearty portion that – unless you come to the restaurant with quite an appetite – could easily last you a couple of meals. It’s slow cooked, very tender, and covered in a housemade brown sauce. Though the sauce is substantial, it has a subtle flavor that only enhances and enriches the taste of the lamb shank. Coming with the lamb are the traditional mint jelly as well as your choice of two sides.
It’s a special occasion dish with attention to detail and a confidence in quality and simplicity. Sweet, savory, tart, and fresh, the New Zealand Lamb Chop combines a world of flavors for a meal you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
But regardless of the sides you choose (though we can personally attest to the deliciousness of the mashed potatoes and the seasonal vegetables), it’d be an arduous task to take the spotlight away from the lamb. It’s a comfort dish that doesn’t mess around when it comes to flavor.
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From the Midwest to the Southeast and back again, Chef Joshua Smith has brought his eclectic experience and a noseto-the-grindstone work ethic to kitchens across the Oldest City. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Brian Miller
iven his place of birth, Chef Joshua Smith may seem an improbable choice to run a seafood-focused kitchen in a city surrounded by salt water. But despite his being born several hours from the shores of Lake Michigan in the small, industrial town of Galesburg, Illinois, in just two years at the helm of the elevated, seasonal, and seafood-centric menu at Catch 27, Joshua’s played an outsized role in establishing the Charlotte Street restaurant as a historic district staple. As he worked to smoothly guide the restaurant through a relocation effort (a bumpy transition for any establishment), Joshua’s left his mark on Catch’s menu, deepening the restaurant’s connections to local Northeast Florida farms and fishermen, while adding his own idiosyncratic influences born of a unique culinary education, which began (informally) in a pizza shop in Galesburg. “My great-grandmother worked in a popular pizza place in my hometown and we used to go visit her in the kitchen,” Joshua muses, recalling his earliest food memories. “The smells of the meats and the pizzas, submarine sandwiches — I was probably only four or five when I started going there. She also cooked all of our family’s celebratory dinners, whether Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. She would just feed us stuff while she cooked. It was fun. And she did it all by herself, which was inspiring to me.”
At 19 years old, Joshua left Galesburg for St. Augustine, in search of employment opportunities and a climate that would allow him more warm days to ride his skateboard — a childhood passion that persists to this day. While staying at a weekto-week efficiency rental in St. Augustine Beach, Joshua applied for a kitchen job at A1A’s Café Eleven. Despite never having worked in a kitchen before, he landed the job and subsequently received training on how to prepare a smattering of salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items. Joshua worked at Café www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Eleven for a year and enjoyed his time in the kitchen enough to enroll in Culinary School in 2004. Joshua blew through his coursework in just two years as a student at the American Culinary Federation in southeast Iowa, hoping to get back to Florida as soon as possible. But he also reveled in a series of apprenticeships, taking to an eclectic range of skills that included baking, butchering, and ice sculpting. Though mostly devoid of seafood, the Midwestern culinary identity did allow for some essential grounding in the meat-and-potatoes (literally and figuratively).
After two years helping to establish the Ice Plant’s farm-to-table-focused menu, Joshua was on a short hiatus from the kitchen when he got a call from Stephen Hutson, who co-owns Catch 27 with his wife Lindsey. The Hutsons were moving Catch from Hypolita to Charlotte and hoping to expand its Florida seafoodfocused menu.
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Fresh from culinary school and back in the Oldest City, Joshua bounced around a series of kitchen jobs in and around St. Johns County from Vilano’s Kingfish Grill to the Murray Bro’s Caddie Shack in World Golf Village, before landing at Christine and Michael McMullin’s now-defunct upscale contemporary American eatery Opus 39 on Cordova Street. “That was one of the best jobs I’ve had in St. Augustine,” he says of working on the five to seven course menus at Opus. “I learned so much there. It was my first exposure to a menu that changed daily, with farm-to-table and seasonal ingredients. It was also my first real experience with fresh seafood.”
“Even though it’s my third time living [in St. Augustine], this has been the longest I’ve lived anywhere since I was kid growing up in Galesburg,” Joshua says. “I feel like this is home, now. And I don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon.”
Joshua’s time at Opus would be somewhat shortlived, however, as he moved to Chicago to be closer to his young son in 2008. But he used the move as an opportunity to branch out even further. Taking advantage of the Windy City’s diverse culinary culture, Joshua worked in a series of kitchens, specializing in a varied array of cuisines. But Florida kept pulling Joshua back, and in 2010 he was back at Opus 39. When Opus closed shortly thereafter, he moved over to Michael's Tasting Room. Then in 2013, Joshua took on the Executive Chef role at the newly opened Ice Plant on Riberia. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Joshua was up to the task and he set out to improve upon the menu almost immediately. Using the vast rolodex of local suppliers he’d accumulated over years in kitchens throughout St. Augustine, Joshua began expanding the list of providers from which Catch could buy ingredients. “When I started, we had one local provider listed on our menu (The Seafood Shoppe),” he says. “As far as produce, we weren’t sourcing anything local. Now we have 31 local farms on our menu. A lot of [the suppliers] I knew from the Ice Plant,” he continues. “Some have popped up since then. Some I found at the farmers market or social media. I was just trying to find as much local stuff as possible. Now the challenge is not adding more farms, I would like to just work better with the farms we have.” Firmly established at Catch, it would seem that Joshua’s third time in St. Augustine since first relocating in 2003 is the charm. He lives with his brother and now 13-yearold son, and the trio will often hit the local skate parks on Joshua’s rare days off. Heavily inundated in the new wave of farm-to-table restaurants in the Oldest City, the Illinois native has left his mark on the area’s seafood scene with his twist on Catch’s menu. “Even though it’s my third time living [in St. Augustine], this has been the longest I’ve lived anywhere since I was kid growing up in Galesburg,” Joshua says. “I feel like this is home, now. And I don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon.” 40 Charlotte Street www.catchtwentyseven.com
BEHIND THE BAR
LISA MACK A mainstay at Arnold's Lounge, this native New Yorker, and one of the longest tenured bartenders in the city, tells us what it's like to be the driving force behind one of St. Augustine's oldest bars. Written and photographed by Steve Parr
isa Mack started bartending at Arnold's Lounge in 1998. In the ensuing 19 years, she's since become the manager, responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the bar. She got her start, however, as a bartender in an upscale restaurant in Rocky Point, New York after she graduated high school and before starting college. "My dad always told me to go to college and pursue a career. Pursue a dream,” she says. “But always have a back-up plan. That three-month period before I went to college was probably the most valuable education I've ever had." You don't spend nearly 20 years working anywhere without developing a strong sense of pride in what you do and where you do it, and Lisa is no exception. She's proud of the fact that Arnold's is known as a "hometown" bar. "It's a 'where everybody knows your name' kind of bar,” Lisa says. “We have the same customers day after day and weekend after weekend. We don't get a lot of tourist traffic here." Part of her unwavering dedication to the club comes from a conversation she had with the original owner, Fred Nijman, before he lost his battle with cancer in 2013. "I made a promise to Fred," she says, "that I would watch out for Arnold's and watch out for Nicki (Fred's widow), and I work every day to honor that promise on both fronts." But the job is not without its challenges and there are two that Lisa finds hardest to overcome. First, it's her job to make sure there are people where they need to be, when they need to be there. "People get sick or have car
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trouble. There are all sorts of reasons why someone might miss work." There's other challenge which she doesn't enjoy. "The single most difficult part of my job,” says Lisa, “is having to let someone go. Firing someone is something that never gets easier and it's something I try to avoid if I can. Thankfully it doesn't happen very often."
As if running one of the largest clubs in town isn't challenging enough, Lisa also owns and operates her own production company, Lisa Mack Productions. In the past, her company has been involved with Rhythm & Ribs, the annual Celtic Festival, and the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, to name just a few.
The skill that makes Lisa — and really anyone — a top-notch bartender, though, isn’t just slinging drinks. “It has to do with being able to carry on a conversation with anybody, whether you know them or not,” says Lisa. “For me, that means staying on top of what's going on in the world, what's in the news, or going on in sports. I also try to learn about my customers so I can ask about their kids, their job, or whatever. I think that's the best skill. It's letting your customers know that you're interested in them and their lives and the things that they care about. After all, many of them have been here as long as I have." 3912 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard www.arnoldslounge.com
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Pictured Here: Upper Left: This delicious and colorful bowl is an allencompassing breakfast. Upper Right: The Five and Dime is flaky and full of flavor. Lower Right: Mimosas come both classic and seasonal (in our case, apple cider). Lower Left: If your breakfast needs a kick, try the Squawking Goat chicken sandwich with pepper jelly.
The most important meal of the day!
MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY
Breakfast staples – some traditional and some with an always delicious twist – are what this Cordova Street joint does best. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
f you’re from the South – like I am – there are a few things in life that you appreciate. You appreciate a seat on a cool porch in the middle of summer. You appreciate the savagery of a “bless your heart” in the face of an enemy. And you appreciate a really good biscuit. But for those whose cast iron wear has long since rusted and whose contribution to family culinary gatherings has been restricted to ice and drinks, we have Maple Street Biscuit Company to make those much-appreciated biscuits for us. Maple Street has taken the delight of breakfast to a whole new level and we were pretty enthusiastic to get to experience it. The first thing that the manager, Brad, brought to us is a breakfast staple that the other Maple Street locations don't have yet – mimosas. Though their traditional mimosa is delicious, they’ve expanded the drink menu to include a seasonal one and we got to try apple cider. The new seasons will bring new mixers, ensuring that your brunch will always have something new and exciting.
After drinks, it was time to turn our attention to the food. For the breakfast/brunch purist, there are dishes like The Five and Dime that simply offers a flaky biscuit, juicy fried chicken, thick and hearty sausage gravy, and an over easy egg. It’s all the morning staples wrapped into one – the restaurant’s signature and for good reason. It gave us a chance to see the biscuits, chicken, and gravy in their unadulterated form and they passed the test with flying colors. The biscuit was light and fluffy, the chicken not over or under breaded, the gravy flavorful all on its own. Getting the breakfast foundation right was definitely a good start.
For those who like their morning to midday meals on the lighter side, you can dispense of the biscuit and order instead, a bowl of grits. Okay, slow down, that’s not all. These are Bluegrass grits cut with cream cheese and butter, topped with pecan wood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, a sunny side up egg, and a splash of hot sauce. The cream cheese and butter give an often otherwise bland breakfast food a far more complex flavor even without the other ingredients. But bacon, eggs, hot sauce, cheese, and the rest can never steer a meal wrong. It’s a good choice for the patrons that might be overfilled by the heaviness of a biscuit and gravy.
Next, they kicked up the chicken biscuit an extra notch in The Squawking Goat by adding pepper jelly and a fried goat cheese medallion. It may not be biscuits like mama used to make, but mama could probably learn a thing or two from these guys. The pepper jelly adds a bite without overwhelming the other ingredients and its heat is curtailed by the creaminess of the goat cheese and the richness of the biscuit. A personal favorite.
Breakfast foods are an art that seems to be unappreciated by the food world. But they're steeped in homemade tradition and, though they're often simple, ought not to be overlooked. Thankfully, places like Maple Street Biscuit Company are keeping the craft alive and delectable.
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THE DISH Electric Jellyfish Milkshake & Jaguar Shark Waffle ROUNDUP
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS There's a reason breakfast is called the most important meal of the day and it isn't just because of health. Some of our favorite breakfast dishes from these local haunts prove that breakfast has so much to offer.
WAFFLES & MILKSHAKES
If you think you know what to expect from waffles or think you're pretty familiar with what milkshakes have to offer, think again. By Molly Wilson
fter digging in to our first waffle bite and milkshake sip at Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar, Heather and I were in agreement – if you haven’t visited this place, you’re doing the St. Augustine lifestyle wrong. Opened in 2013, the little shop is owned by Stephen DiMare (of Hyppo fame) and he clearly brought all his trendy, delicious genius to the table. I admit with no shame that I chose our waffle and milkshake subjects almost purely for their names. Though the whole menu is populated with a slew of names that must have some bizarre stories behind them, the Jaguar Shark waffle and the Electric Jellyfish were the winners in my book. Some definitely-cooler-than-you marine life just does this town justice. But trust us. Cousteau’s isn’t just bells and whistles, cute names and branding. They need some serious substance to be sling hundreds of waffles a day. And that substance is their traditional (slightly Americanized) Liege dough recipe. That’s right. Their waffles are made from a hearty, heavy dough, not batter. They also mix the dough with pearl
sugar that melts as the waffles are cooked and creates giant pockets of, well, pure sugar. But that’s only pregaming the waffle party. After it’s cooked, the Jaguar Shark is topped with candied bacon, candied pecans, maple syrup, and homemade bourbon whipped cream – a surprisingly complex and slightly savory, salty creation. The Electric Jellyfish milkshake is a little more simple but no less delicious blend of vanilla ice cream and homemade blueberry compote, topped with homemade whipped cream. You can taste the freshness in every sip and "homemade and handcrafted" is unmistakable. Don’t let your eye wander by this Hypolita Street staple. Inside you’ll find over-the-top culinary delight and an attention to delicious detail – along with homage paid to the king of quirky and eclectic himself, Wes Anderson. 15 Hypolita Street www.wafflemilk.com
Salmon Bagel A tasty bagel is topped with smoked salmon, capers, red onion, arugula, and smeared with dill/lemon gremolata (an herb and anchovy mixture), and cream cheese. Classic. City Bistro
Tex-Mex Skillet If you need a lot of flavor to start your mornings, this skillet is for you. Home fries are smothered with the house chili, onions, cilantro, cheddar, and two eggs. The Spot
Blue Crab Quiche A distinct and delicious twist on a breakfast/brunch favorite. Fresh blue crab pairs perfectly with Swiss and scallions and a side of home fries and a biscuit. The Blue Hen Cafe
Pear Chocolat Crepe Sweet, tart, and totally authentic! It's a sweet crepe from a French chef, covered in ganache and filled with pears. Les Petits Pleasures
Boulangerie Pork Croissant Housemade remoulade and slow roasted pork on a warm croissant. You'd better bring your appetite to breakfast! Dessert First Bistro
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